The official Rio Carnival TB meetup 2010!

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The TB's and the official, hand crafted meetup sign

After the usual mess about time and place on the forum we had our meetup finally organized. With the Copacabana TB delegation we went early to the area by subway. When we surfaced from the subway exit the scene was overwhelming. A massive crowd was gathered and there was music everywhere. It reminded me of Queensday although the music and weather are slightly different. The "Cordao da Bola Preta" Bloco was very popular so I had to get one of those funky headwraps (also because my skull was starting to peal from sunburn).

After Wanda had lectured people who were relieving themselves against Gandhi´s statue we met our local Brazilian guide Daniele and she took us to the Lapa area where we waited at the meeting point with a nice handmade cardboard "TB meetup" sign.

Catwoman
We went to check out the Lapa arches from close up and unfortunately Wanda was jumped by a mugger while taking a picture. If there was a TB hero award she certainly deserves it as she held on to her camera and warded off 2 other kids who went for her fannypack.

As it got dark the crowd grew and we secured ourselves a few square meters right next to the caipirinha stand. We didn´t move from our spot for hours and had a ball!

The next day was Sambadrome day. It´s a weird sight for a European, a massive, purpose built parade ground. People call it Sapucai for the simple reason there are more sambadromes in Brasil. The parades were something out of this world with incredibly elaborate floats and hundreds of dancers interpreting various parts of the theme of that particular sambaschool.

Lapa arches (me/Liz/Melissinha/Alex)
Tijuca was very impressive, with the theme "secrets" the parade included magicians changing the colors of the dancers´dresses and a skislope float where Batmen whooshed down on black skis. They deservedly won! The atmosphere in the crowd was pretty special and everybody from 10 to 80 years of age was dancing to the looped tune of the school. I still can´t get some of the tunes out of my head as every school takes about 60-80 minutes to pass by and you´ll have heard the song about 50 times by the time they´re done. Oh, there are actually rules for the parade: no animals allowed, 200 Bahiana dancers required of undisputed female kind and no nudity of whatever sort :D

dolfijn says:
great blog, I hope to see Carnaval one day in Rio!
Posted on: Mar 18, 2010
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