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

Arranco do Engenho de Dentro

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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 […]

Bruno Tenório

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Our meeting with Bruno was incredibly informative at an unexpectedly different level. The model that Unidos da Tijuca has created is wildly different than any of the other schools. This meeting opened my eyes to a much greater understanding of the economics behind Carnaval. I hope to continue a relationship with Tijuca as they represent […]

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