After Carnaval, we visited Cidade do Samba again and were able to glimpse into the interiors of the floats. The disassembled fragments sparked our excitement to trace the construction of the floats next year.
There are many scales in which the floats live. Often the costumes oscillate between that of a person…..…to that of a float. Others are simply fields that become spatialized through multiplicity.Unidos Tijuca Mangueira
To our surprise the beginning and ends of the parade were some of the most exciting moments where the carvalãos lifted people in and out of the air in boxes suspended by a single cable. The scene was that of a seemingly disorganized sport with a million rules that made no sense, and yet worked. As each float made […]
I created this map to try and understand the route that the floats take to get from Cidade do Samba to Sambadromo. Depsite many conversations about this, I still think this map is wrong. But what it begins to show is how many of the streets become filled with floats leading up to, during, and after they […]
The floats immerse themselves in the traffic as they make their way from Cidade do Samba and the Barracãos to Sambadromo. Photographs by Aron Nussbaum
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 […]
This is where the magic happens. In each hangar within Samba City, the construction of the floats go through a similar process which begins with a steel framed structure that is welded to a chassis, then clad with wood and then foam before the final colorful detailing. It was exciting to learn that each float […]
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 […]