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Flag Bearer & Master Of Ceremony
Drum Queen
The Carnival in Rio de Janero is a festival held every year before Lent and considered
one of the largest Carnivals in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets.The
1st festival dates back to 1723 and is celebrated in honor of the gods and to respect the
great waters.
The typical Carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous
samba schools which are located in Rio there are actually more than 200 of them. A
samba school is composed of a collaboration of local neighbors that want to attend the
carnival together with some kind of regional, geographical and common background.
There is a special order that every school has to follow with their parade entries. Each
school begins with the comissao de fuente meaning front commission that is the group
of people from the school that appear first. Made of 10 - 15 people the comissao de
fuente introduces the school and sets the mood and style of their presentation.
These people have choreographed dances in fancy costumes that usually tell a short
story. Following next is the 1st float of the samba school called abre alas known as the
opening wing. These are followed by the Mestra-sala and Port -Bandeira, known as the
master of ceremonies and the flag bearer with 1 - 4 pairs and one active and three in
reserve to lead the dancers.
They have quite a unique ticketing system for their Carnival that is controlled by the
government.
As the parades are taking place and the balls are being held in the Copacabana
Palace and the beach, many carnival people are at other activities. Street festivals are
very common during the Carnival and highly populated by the locals. Elegance is
maybe left behind but music and dancing are extremely common.
Anyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals. Bandos and blocos are very
familiar especially cause it takes nothing to jump in and join the fun. One of the most
well known bandas of Rio is Banda de Impanema was 1st created in 1965 and is
known as Rio's most famous band.
Incorporated into every aspect of the Rio Carnival are dancing and music.
The most famous dance is Carnival Samba, a Brazilian dance with
African influence. The samba remains a popular dance not only in
Carnival but in the ghettos outside the city.
Music is another major part of the Carnival. Samba Carnival instruments
are an important part of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro carnival, sending out
irresistible beats and rhythms making the crowd explode in a colorful
dance.
The Sambodroma especially built for Carnival Parades.