How many cities in Brazil, so many s – and not one is like another. In Rio he has long ceased to be simply enchanting holiday and turned into a kind of championship fun. Participate in the Samba schools, representing different parts of the city. The jury determines what the most colorful outfit, and the most incendiary dance. The winners get nothing. But honor surround them such, what can not buy for any money.
The end of February in Catholic countries is a time of carnival… the Most famous and colourful carnivals in the world are considered to be Venetian and Brazilian. But if in Venice the main sign of this holiday mask, equalizing between people of different ranks and classes, the participants of the Brazilian extravaganza combines rampant, leaving no conventions fun. Actually carnival is nothing like Shrovetide festivities, festive days before lent. The word itself comes from the Latin expression “carne Vale” meaning “farewell to meat”.
Carnival tradition originated in the middle Ages. Then in the holidays of this kind participated whole craft shop. Shoemakers, armourers, goldsmiths for a few days turned into children, just like with the primary goal to outdo each other in the ability to fool around. Carnival in contemporary Brazil is also a kind of competition: there are competing national dance school of Samba, unite the inhabitants of one district or a small town.
The participants of the school “Allegria Yes Zone Sul” – its name translates as “the Joy of the southern zone”, that is the most prestigious quarter of Rio de Janeiro, made me into the Holy of holies – the place where they rehearse and prepare for the carnival props. In an abandoned hangar, which gave the school a municipality, its members are just fantastic, all decorated with sculptures of the moving platform is an indispensable attribute of the carnival procession. The sculptures are so big that in the hangar doors, they obviously will not work. But the solution has already been found – when the time comes to take out the platform, the height of the gate increases, the benefit of wall hangar made of thin sheet metal.
The platform design and costumes of the dancers at each of their Samba school, and right up to the carnival, everything is kept secret. The main artist of the school called “carnavalesco”. The wagon and outfits “Allegria Yes Zone Sul” sketches made by carnavalesco Oswald Vis. He also staged the dances, picked for their music… subject of his carnival show school every year change. This may be a historical event, a feat of the legendary hero, and then do something unexpected… this year the participants of the school of Samba “Allegria Yes Zone Sul” will dance written by Dorival Cain music, costumes, stylized traditional dresses of the inhabitants of Bahia, where the composer came from. Even the giant sculpture will decorate accordingly.
The outfits, which will act dancers, sew here, on the mezzanine of the hangar. They should Shine and sparkle – after the carnival streets of Rio de Janeiro take several tons showered with costumes tinsel. Costumes – not a prop from a theatrical wardrobe, which for many years gathering dust on hangers and are renewed for the next show. Rather it is like a wedding gown is sewn individually for each girl and put time in my life.
To adequately perform at the sambodrome, the dancers have to practice… However, they do it with the same pleasure. Moreover, the main place of the rehearsals promenade along Copacabana beach, the most picturesque and the most famous in Rio. The dancers no lush outfits because they, so to speak, are disposable and are worn only on the day of passing by the sambodrome… But Samba is no less incendiary. Rehearsals are held on weekdays after the end of the day and continue until nightfall… Preventing them nothing, not even rain if it’s certainly not a tropical downpour. Rehearsals start long before the carnival – in fact, almost immediately after finishing the previous one. And while dance Samba Brazilians know how from childhood not to lose face in front of a discerning audience of girls will not be easy.
One of the main features of the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, distinguishing it from carnivals in other Brazilian cities, lies in the fact that it is a holiday and the competition in some degree separated. Festive procession passing through the streets, becomes reminiscent of stadium construction. It is called the sambadrome and is designed specifically for the competition of Samba schools – there is nothing like this anywhere except Rio. The stadium will fill 70 000 spectators. And the arena are as large as several football fields, will be released the main characters of the holiday. The jury is here, on the podium. Him task to choose the best in town school. Although material gain winners don’t get the prestige of the competition is so high that the jury until the last moment kept in the strictest confidence.
Salvador is the most African city in the country, and the carnival crowd here, perhaps even more impulsive and spontaneous than in Rio, although it was hard to imagine that this is possible. It is particularly noticeable that came from Catholic Europe carnival in Brazil has gained a lot of African features. Because Samba though born in Brazil, dates back to the rhythm, caught in the New world with African slaves… Guards watching crowd cleared up, but without extreme need activity do not show. They would have gladly participated in the General merriment, what can you do if the duty fell on a holiday. Carnival seems capable and the dead to stir, and disabled people generally forget about his wheelchair, and about their ailments. The majority of participants of the carnival don’t care that they are removed. Except that transvestites happy to pose in front of the camera.
“The carnival Carioca, Banda Ipanema!”- it’s kind of the motto of the carnival in Rio. Carioca – so call themselves residents of the city to God forbid not mixed with other Brazilians. Every Carioca tries to show himself at the carnival in all its glory. The most exotic sight here – the procession discharged shemale. Even in the colourful carnival crowd these lovers to show off in public visibly stand out – and the outfits and makeup, and mannerisms… Look at them without any condemnation. Brazilians in General are tolerant. And on holidays and in everyday life they are guided by the principle “Live and let live”. The fact that those same Americans, would have aroused a storm of indignation, the Brazilian will cause a smile. Here no one cares who you are. Go crazy as you like – just remember that all around you are people too.
All three days of the carnival festivities continued all day. But long after midnight part of the people still go home, and then finally the cleaners get the opportunity to sweep away debris from the streets. In fact, in the holidays they work in three shifts twenty-four hours a day – otherwise the city simply could not walk. But in the midst of the celebrations in the crowd with a broom does not hurt buzz. What time and waiting for people to diminish, you can take part in fun: drink, dance… But all things must end. Including the main annual event in the life of the country. As sung in Brazilian song, many people here live to old age only carnival, eagerly counting the days until it starts. And when it comes time to die, do not regret the missed opportunities, and missed carnival