First stop: Samba City.
This is where the top Samba Schools make their floats. In Portuguese, floats are called Carro Alegórico, I love that.
Samba City is a huge facility that has hangars for each school arranged in a C-shape around a central open area which is often used for various rehearsals.
Although blurry, I love how the image above captures the incredible proximity within the city – the favela in the very near background with a fragment of one of last years’ floats. Perhaps there is something metaphorical about the blurriness.
Another fragment of an old float sitting quietly in Samba City.
There is a semi-private tented space within the central area of Samba City. Participants are awaiting a music reversal for one of the schools.