Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Samba Dancers 2014 - (2) - Brazil's Carnival turns focus to glitzy parades

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By JENNY BARCHFIELD March 3, 2014 12:20 AM
Brazil's Carnival turns focus to glitzy parades
PHOTO: Brazil's Carnival turns focus to glitzy parades
A performer from the Imperio da Tijuca samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is known for its exotic fauna, but the creatures on display Sunday night for the opening round of Rio's exuberant Carnival parade were a motley crew even by local standards.

Full grown adults dressed up as Nemo the fish rubbed shoulders with weightlifting wolves with enviable six-packs, while bare-breasted dancers gyrated atop floats shaped like giant crustaceans or bedecked with XXL ants.



Sexiest Nude Dancing Woman From Brazilian Carnival 2014


PHOTO: Sexiest Nude Dancing Woman From Brazilian Carnival 2014
Thousands of revellers and samba dancers took to the street for the opening night of the annual carnival celebrations. Samba dancers wearing bodypaint, feathers, glitter- and not a lot else - have taken to the streets of Sao Paulo for the opening of the country's wild carnival festivities.
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The Carnival competition sees the city's top samba groups, or schools, parade in the Sambadrome, each delivering an over-the-top, hour-long display aimed at capturing the annual title.

No excess is deemed too much, and each year the bar is raised that much higher. Sunday's all-night-long displays saw a float shaped like a mammoth wedding cake presided over by a larger-than-life Pope Francis, a herd of elderly gentlemen in jewel-toned bull costumes complete with sequin-covered horns, and a dancing teepee surrounded by native Brazilians in green feather headdresses.



Carnival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil, but the festivities in Sao Paulo and capital Brasilia are the biggest - with around half a million foreign tourists flocking to the country every year.


PHOTO: Carnival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil, but the festivities in Sao Paulo and capital Brasilia are the biggest - with around half a million foreign tourists flocking to the country every year.
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Though each school ostensibly has a theme, the costumes are often so varied and sometimes unidentifiable that it can be hard to identify the common thread.

Imperio da Tijuca, the school that opened this year's competition, was ostensibly fielding an African theme, so its huge crab-shaped float was a perplexing choice. Mangueira, one of the most famous schools known for its distinctive green and pink colors, turned to Carnival itself for a parade that feted Brazil's traditional celebrations in a sea of salmon pink and lime green feathers.



Dancers from local samba schools put on a spectacular parade through the huge Sambadrome arena as up to 30,000 revellers looked on. Similar to Mardi Gras, the five-day-long street party builds up to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. The carnival's excesses are considered an


PHOTO: Dancers from local samba schools put on a spectacular parade through the huge Sambadrome arena as up to 30,000 revellers looked on. Similar to Mardi Gras, the five-day-long street party builds up to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. The carnival's excesses are considered an "act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh," before Lent, during which Christians are supposed to abstain from bodily pleasures.
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Each school has legions of loyal followers, many of whom parade for the same group for decades or root for their favorite from the bleachers.

"I paraded for 15 years for one school," said Jose Vieira, a retired restaurateur who was soaking in the action from one of the exclusive areas sponsored by top Brazilian companies where the elite gather to drink free beer and watch the parade from above. "It's a wonderful experience. Even from up here in this nice space, I really miss being down there."



Performers from the Grande Rio samba school, during the first night of Carnival in Rio, on March 2,


PHOTO: Performers from the Grande Rio samba school, during the first night of Carnival in Rio, on March 2, 2014. (Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images)
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Each samba school is judged in 10 categories, from the quality of the drum sections to the beauty of the costumes. Whichever group comes in last falls from the top-tier competition into a lower category contest.

The competition continues Monday night with displays by six additional schools.



A dancer from the Grande Rio samba school performs during the first night of Carnival, on March 2, 2014.


PHOTO: A dancer from the Grande Rio samba school performs during the first night of Carnival, on March 2, 2014. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rio's Carnival celebrations aren't limited to the Sambadrome, where even a ticket for the bleachers can cost hundreds of dollars. The city is also the site of nearly 500 raucous, beer-fueled street parties that begin at daybreak and pulse through the night.
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 Rio de Janeiro, the official annual carnival 2014.


PHOTO: Rio de Janeiro, the official annual carnival 2014.
The first day is the traditional parade of samba schools.
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, Feb. 3. The Rio Carnival 2014 is one of the most important and surprising in the carnival scene in South America events.
PHOTO: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, Feb. 3. The Rio Carnival 2014 is one of the most important and surprising in the carnival scene in South America events.
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 Rio Carnival Parades (2013) at the Sambadrome


 PHOTO: Rio Carnival Parades (2013) at the Sambadrome
A samba school carnival muse... every young man's dream...
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 Topless dancers during a parade in Rio de Janeiro this February 27. More than 470 dance and music groups on 2nd and 3rd of March 2014.


PHOTO: Topless dancers during a parade in Rio de Janeiro this February 27. More than 470 dance and music groups on 2nd and 3rd of March 2014.
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The build up to the Brazilian carnival 2014
PHOTO: The build up to the Brazilian carnival 2014
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 Topless dancers during a parade in Rio de Janeiro this February 27.


PHOTO: Topless dancers during a parade in Rio de Janeiro this February 27.
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