Portela – Alexandre Louzada

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We were introduced to Alexandre Louzada, the creative director at Portela. Alexandre has worked creatively with Samba Schools since approximately 1985. He showed us all of the amazing costumes he has been working on with at least one other draftsman by his side. He also designed the floats for Portela, but again, no matter how many different […]

Portela Costumes

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The Sea of the Sea of the Saint Sebastian is Portela’s theme this year. The Sea of the Sea…so beautiful. While the theme is the over arching idea, it is the story that unfolds and reveals itself through the details of the different components within the school. The costumes were on the fourth or fifth floor […]

Portela Floats

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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 […]

Marco Falconi

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Our second meeting was with Marco Falconi, the son of the vice president of one of the top samba schools, Portela. The great Falconi, showed us their entire facility in Cidade do Samba, which absolutely surpassed our expectations. We are so grateful for his time and generosity. photo by Aron Nussbaum