Yesterday as a good Brasilian i had to give a look at the “desfile de escolas de samba” which is the official parade of the samba “schools” here in Brasil. The most important one is in Rio sunday (today) and monday (tomorrow). To be honest i’m not the biggest lover of carnival. For those who doesn’t know it’s a holiday here where the whole country stops from saturday till wednesday to party. Imagine you guys a hole country having fun. Sounds good but it would be even better if we were a rich country. The tradition of carnival comes from catholic church and it’s just before lent. Funny because there is a lot of nudity and it’s very carnal. That just sounds like the way our old church loves it. A little party and afterwords many sinners willing to pay their dues. In Brasil it’s a very important party. People use to say the year really starts just after it. That is mainly because it’s summer and vacations here before the festivities but also people are slower in the job before carnival begins. In the last decades it really turned into a party for tourists mainly because the natives have no money to attend. They put on the show but they don’t participate as much as they would like. A side effect is that the prices are really high. Yesterday i was invited but a place like i was could cost more that 500 US easily. As it was supposed to be a popular party each year it gets richer but less interesting and less artistic. The real artists are being banned from the place by people with more money as most of the cultural venues in the world. It was really fun to watch and it’s like going to the games. twelve samba schools with more than three thousand people each make their shows and the audience always have their preferred “team”. Next week they will choose the winner from this year and the two lower scores will go down one level like in pro sports and next year they will “play” on second division. The parade is also a great place for celebrities to show up on national Tv since it’s aired full length (one hour and a half each school times twelve in São Paulo and the same in Rio) which is a lot of air time. Many people turn into celebrities in one carnival alone. Sometimes just a pair of boobs well exposed is enough to call the attention of twenty million viewer. Now there’s something that tops all of this nonsense i just described. samba. The music and the rhythm. No way you can just listen to it. You dance it. It’s so primitive to our instincts that you just can’t help it. You dance it. If you know how to you do it beautifully. If you don’t you just make a fool of your self but nobody cares. The music is probably the part of the tradition that still is alive and that’s why is so powerful…Sound fun right? Some pictures then…

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