Brazil’s Main Samba Schools Celebrate World’s Biggest Carnaval Party

Lula and Rio's governor President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, dressed in white and wearing a Panama hat, became on Sunday the country's first president in the last 15 years to attend one of the samba-school parades at the Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, the main event of the festival.

The head of state who attended the parades that began Sunday night at the Sambadrome was supposed to return to Brazilian capital Brasilia before dawn this Monday.

No Brazilian president has attended this event since 1994, when Itamar Franco watched the parades in the Sambadrome on a night that provoked a certain amount of criticism.

The reason was that he was photographed in the box for distinguished visitors accompanied by model Lilian Ramos, who wore no underwear at the time being dressed only in a scanty T-shirt and won notoriety for baring her all beside the head of state.

The parade of the samba schools of the Special Group of Rio de Janeiro is considered the main event of the Rio Carnaval and one of the greatest outdoor displays of artistry in the world.

The 12 participating groups vying to be crowned champion this year will be on parade Sunday and Monday nights.

The schools, each with an average of 5,000 people, interpret their various themes with breathtaking displays of music, dance, lights and color that continue until dawn on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

Each school presents a freely chosen theme that it then stages in the Sambadrome with music, floats, costumes and dancers.




You May Also Like

Brazil and Russia Want to Strengthen Technological Ties

The joint declaration of the 4th Meeting of the Brazil-Russia High Level Cooperation Commission, ...

How Is Brazil Racist? Let Me Count the Ways.

Brazil’s elite has been ashamed of its huge African descent population for centuries and ...

Good Prospects for Brazil Don’t Prevent Market Fall

Latin American stocks slumped again this Wednesday, March 8, amid ongoing concerns over rising ...

Brazilian Development Bank’s Profit Falls US$ 383 Million

The Brazilian National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) posted a net profit ...

Lula Calls for Mutually Beneficial Relations Between Brazil and Argentina

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that Brazil and Argentina have an ...

1/3 of Pregnant Women Get Abortion in Brazil

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.4 million abortions take place in Brazil ...

Brazil Bar Association’s New President Urges Country to Reconnect with Decency

The opening of the secret archives of the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985), one of ...

Italian prime minister Romano Prodi

Brazil’s Lula Calls on US and EU to Change Unfair Trading Model

In Brazilian capital BrasÀ­lia, the Prime Minister of Italy, Romano Prodi, stated this Tuesday, ...

Political Reform Bill in Brazil Calls for an End to Private Donations to Candidates

Brazil’s election campaign financing irregularities that have surfaced during the testimony and investigations into ...

Brazil Success and the Art of the Possible

Before I go any further, I should perhaps explain the reference to Bismarck for ...