Staging Areas


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 […]

Santa Teresa


There is a spirit that lives in Sta Teresa. Perched on this hill, we felt like eagles with the most spectacular views of the harbor, downtown, the local airport, and the neighborhoods of Botofogo and Flamengo. It’s incredible how much you can learn about a city from a birds eye view. Logistically, our colonial mansion was […]

Aron Nussbaum

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Aron Nussbaum is my United States research assistant who will be traveling with me and specifically helping to develop a relationship with the community aspects of the project. While in college, he studied in Rio at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as an exchange student. This experience transformed Aron. His love for the city […]

Rubem Machado

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Rubem is a director at one of Rio’s oldest Samba Schools, Mangueira. His in-depth tour of his school’s community center was the first opportunity for us to understand the deep connections between the community and the parade. We are so grateful for his time and for inviting us into his community. Photo by Aron Nussbaum