Alex, Lourdes and Fernando took us to visit some of the poorer Samba Schools who now occupy the old hangars of the schools that have since moved to Cidade do Samba. Currently, Alex is the Carnavalesco, of Arranco do Engenho de Dentro, a 3rd class samba school.
Arranco do Engenho de Dentro is now in the old Mangueria hangar Fragments from top tier floats are given to the poorer schools.Seat and steering wheel on the chassis shows many years of use. Beautiful head dress gift from Alex. Appropriately, we concluded our meeting over an incredible meal accompanied by some powerful Caipirinha’s in the neighborhood of Jardim Botânico at the Cluba Naval overlooking the Lagoa and Cristo Redentor.Across the Lagoa is one of Oscar Niemeyer’s first buildings.John Hartmann (and Cassius), Alex Oliveira, Gia Wolff, Lourdes Luz, Fernando Saldanha,
Photos by Aron Nussbaum