Posts Tagged ‘Carnaval’

Unidos da Tijuca Wins Rio de Janeiro Carnival

February 19, 2010

Samba school Unidos da Tijuca is the Champion of the Special Group Parade in Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2010. The school, one of the oldest in Brazil, won their last title in 1936. Their parade was themed “It’s a Secret” and also granted talented carnavalesco (Carnival director) Paulo Barros his first title. Barros had already made his mark in Rio de Janeiro Carnival with ideas such as the DNA float in the same Unidos da Tijuca in 2004. The theme was suggested to Carnival director Paulo Barros by a teenage boy on social networking website Orkut, and explored mysteries that have intrigued people through history.

The parade started with a bang. The Comissão de Frente, or Abre-Alas – a group of no more than 15 people who open the parade with choreographies that sum up each samba school’s theme – developed a series of moves based on illusionism (watch a video on G1).

This year’s parade entirely engaging and enjoyable. The crowd at the Sambódromo participated with elation, and joyously watched the spectacle. The meticulously rehearsed choreography of the abre-alas (opening section) deserved all the praise it received. On Tuesday, the school was awarded the Gold Banner (Estandarte de Ouro), an indication that the samba school had a good chance to be the champion.

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Draft Beer Festival at Vai-Vai

January 20, 2010

Pre-Carnival in São Paulo

Vai-Vai, one of São Paulo’s leading samba schools, is going to host its traditional Draft Beer Festival (Festival de Chopp do Vai-Vai) next Friday, January 22nd. Maria Rita, one of Brazil’s most respected singers, will perform at the party with the school’s musicians and Bateria (drum section).

Vai-Vai has been a 13-time champion of Sampa Carnival since the celebrations were made official by Mayor Faria Lima in 1971. This Carnival, the school’s theme is Double Jubilee. The parade will commemorate Vai-Vai and the World Cup, both of which are celebrating their 80th anniversary this year.

Festival de Chopp do Vai-Vai

• When: Friday, Jan.22 at 10 p.m.
• Where: Sambódromo do Anhembi – Av. Olavo Fontoura 1209, in Santana – São Paulo – SP
• Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
• Tickets: R$25
• Phone: 55-11-3266-2581
• E-mail: vaivai@vaivai.com.br

For accommodations, visit Rent in Rio.

Rio Carnival Parade Prices

December 4, 2009

Planning on taking your dream vacation to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival? Are you wondering how much it’s going to cost you to attend the Carnival Parade? On Tuesday, December 1, LIESA, the Independent Samba School League, accepted reservations for Carnival 2010 runway boxes, ranging from about US$1000 to US$3,800 for a box with six seats.

LIESA samba schools form the Special Group. Ticket reservation requests for mezzanine boxes and runway boxes must be submitted by fax. On Dec.18, runway box hopefuls who were selected first-come, first-serve will be notified and will then make their payment at a spot designated by LIESA.

If you’re got a travel agent taking care of your Rio Carnival 2010 tickets, a partner agency in Rio possibly took care of reservations for you today. If you’re curious as to how much LIESA tickets cost when bought straight from the source, go to the LIESA website and click on “Ingressos” on the menu to the left. All ticket prices have been posted now: mezzanine boxes (camarotes, runway boxes (frisas), individual seats (cadeiras) and bleachers (arquibancadas).

The next reservation dates, to be announced, will be for individual seats and bleachers; reservations will be submitted by phone. According to LIESA, those dates will be in the first half of January.

For Carnival accommodations, visit RentInRio.com.

Hot Spots: Olinda, Brazil

December 3, 2009

Olinda, located a mere 6 kilometers north of Recife’s old town, offers tourists yet another opportunity to experience Brazil’s wide array of lively culture, exciting nightlife, and first-class restaurants. Olinda is considered to be the birthplace of Brazilian culture; it is almost literally a living museum that showcases the culture and history of this amazing country. Olinda’s colonial buildings are one of the best preserved collection of Portuguese architecture that exist in Brazil which is as large as the continental United States. At Carnaval, people dance in these colonial streets as they did 150 years ago an no one knows who is who for the masks that cover everyone’s faces. It is only DNA testing that can resolve who are the parents of Carnaval babies.