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.
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 […]
Thank you to André Bonatti, the director of Escola da Leopoldinense, who invited us to see a community gathering in the tented area at Cidade do Samba. It was incredible to see such enthusiasm and collective spirit. Photos by Aron Nussbaum
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 […]