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Funk_Carioca is one of the first new genres of electronic, street dance music to have become important outside North America and Europe. Also known as favela funk or in Rio-simply "funk" while, elsewhere in the world it is baile funk. This  dance music is derived from Miami bass. Brazilian funk artists usually compose two different sets of similar lyrics for each of their songs, one gentler, more "appropriate" version, and another harsher, cruder set of lyrics. However, while they do talk about the violence and crime, the lyrics of funk carioca songs do not advocate sexual violence. Additionally, while funk carioca references sexuality frequently and obviously, it often uses euphemisms instead of bold statements.
After 2006 and 2007, LIESA reduced the numbers of schools affiliated with it by 12. Therefore, in the Carnaval of 2008, the Access Group will return to the anterior ascension and fall: in the Access Group A, one will rise to the Special Group and two will fall to the Access Group B, then will rise two to Access Group A and three to Access Group C, then will rise three to Access Group B and fall three to Access Group D, then will rise three to Access Group C and descend three to Access Group E, then will rise three to Access Group D and the last placed will be eliminated from the Carnaval, remaining without parading during two or three years to wait for an avaliation of AESCRJ, to know if it could display the title of samba school or to parade hors concurs in its city of origin.
Estandarte_de Ouro by pt.wikipedia.org
caipirinhas are made with cachaça
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  Carlinhos Brown
Carlinhos Brown & Timbalada - Brazil's favorite Carnaval trickster

Only Rio samba school web site to also be in  English

Rio Carnaval 2008
Oglobo Rio C'2008
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Celebrity watch 2008 Rio Carnaval @hello
Maturity trumps youth in Brazil's battle of the carnival queens @ .timesonline.co.uk
January 13, 2009
In praise of Rio Mayor Cesar Maia @ .worldmayor.com
Brazilian modernism's time has come @ sfgate.com 9FEB09



Special Rio de Janeiro Carnaval 2010 Report

Order of the Special Samba Schools or Rio de Janeiro for 2010

check out youtube jukebox players upated for 2010!
 Carnaval Sunday, February 15, 2010
Start of parades: 9:00 p.m.


Carnaval Monday, February 16
Start of parades: 9:00 p.m.


The video is in special jukebox players by youtube.com and features the enredo or 2009 theme songs as well as "Best of 2008" clips and goes back as far as we could find for a exclusive historical survey.
2010 Carnaval Saturday at the Sambadrome
Access League
Imperio Serrano will spend at least a year away from the elite in the special league as neither its innovative introduction of Segway scooters for its front line commission nor the standout performances which garnered more highly coveted Gold Standard Awards than any others samba school was enough to finish higher than 12th and thus Imperio Serrano is demoted to the "A" Access league from whence it came the prior year.

Moving up among the elite 12 Special Samba Schools is Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba [G.R.E.S] União da Ilha do Governador. In 2009, União da Ilha chose the theme "Travel is necessary - extraordinary journeys through worlds familiar and unknown," the presentation took the championship for carnival Access Group A with 239, 9 points; allowing the return of the venerable samba school 10 years after its demotion in 2001 from the Special Group in 2010.


Eduardo Paes: Mayor of Rio de Janeiro,  

Key Olympic games planner

Favela Governance Changes Coming

There is an intense focus within Rio de Janeiro political community to cement its place as the first City of South America by successfully hosting the 2014 World Cup followed by the 3026 Olympic games.

Only two weeks after the city was awarded the Olympics, beating off the challenge of Madrid, Chicago and Tokyo a spectacular piece of violence took place when a police helicopter was shot down killing 2 officers and 10 suspected gang members were killed as well.

"We never hid our problems during the bid process. We always told people -- and we are still facing problems," Paes told the Global Sports Industry Summit in London.

"Firstly I would like to say that we never hid our problems throughout the bidding process," said Paes, in a presentation to the Global Sports Industry Congress in London.

"And we remain confident that the policies we are introducing to Rio will make the situation much better and we are working towards developing a safe Games. We staged the Pan-American Games [in 2007] and it was safe, we have the Carnival and every New Year's Eve we have two million people on Copacabana Beach and that is safe. It is the challenge for us but we believe the city will be much more secure for all of our citizens. We know there is work to do but the Olympic Games and the [2014] World Cup is a great opportunity for us to bring the changes we want to.

"We look at Barcelona as an example. Before the 1992 Olympics there was one Barcelona and after that there was another and we want Rio to do the same."

While the city's homicide rate dropped to 33 per 100,000 people last year from 39 per 100,000 the year before - the lowest for 17 years - it was still considerably higher than the rates of their competitors for the 2016 Olympics, with Chicago (18) being the closest.


Sergio Cabral: Governor of Rio de Janeiro
HELP Disco Shut Down

Planners want an Upscale Copacabana 

Help, the notorious night club prominently located on Avenida Atlantica in Copacabana was not allowed to stay open for the 2010 February Carnaval season despite a concerted campaign for just one more month. No final reprieve for Carnaval was forthcoming as the campaign to help the Help workers ended with a quick auction and quicker demolition of the famous facility. The closure is considered a major step in the  effort to change Rio's image as a center for sex tourism.

Rio Governor Sergio Cabral beating the drum for positive change with a Minas Gerais youth group [ Omar Freire/Imprensa MG ]

 Help Disco had become world renowned as a safe place to meet free-lance women ready for sex for a price. A last delaying tactic to keep its doors open at least till Carnaval, in mid February didn't work as Rio's Governor Sergio Cabral gave an ultimatum determining that the place should be emptied by the weekend or else.

The location will be used to build the new Museum of Image and Sound (MIS). Demolition to make way for a facility expected to open well before the 2014 World Cup  began almost immediately after the January 8th 2010 closure. Governor Cabral, is behind a $35 million dollar plan to demolish club and replace it with a music-themed museum designed by the same architecture firm that designed New York’s Lincoln Centre. US based Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Till the last day, the main attractions of the club were there as if nothing was happening: on one side the foreign tourists looking for sex, on the other, prostitutes looking for money. Help had grown to symbolize all that was decadent about Rio de Janeiro and there was a strong feeling that Help Discoteca's  reputation would compete with the attention that is expected in the coming years as the state invests heavily in the infrastructure to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

While operating brothels is outlawed in Brazil, getting paid or indeed paying for sex is entirely legal. Promotion of sex tourism is also illegal in Brazil although the lines and attitudes are gray. As Rio feels the heat of the brighter global media spotlight, this is clearly not the image the leadership wishes to project as it seeks to maximize the positive benefits of hosting the Olympics.

Many are not happy about the change including the thousands of working girls who frequented the club. “We only use the club to meet clients. This is not a crime. All we do here is dance and have fun,” Patricia Alcantara, 30, told the Rio newspaper O Dia. “With the closure of Club Help we will have to go on to the streets.”



Bloco Street Carnaval Order

- Residents Revolt as Parades Keep Growing

There have been hundreds of blocos (local street parades) in Rio carnival in recent years. Nobody really knew how many. For Carnaval 2010, the prefetura - Rio's local government - is trying to impose some order on the chaos by insisting that all the blocos register officially. The idea is to try to rationalize the schedule to minimize traffic congestion, and to predict where and when facilities like mobile toilets might be necessary.

Questions being asked?

What is the main problem of the blocos of Rio?
  • The traffic jam that they cause
  • Violence
  • Overcrowding.
  • Trash left in streets
Should circuits or parade zones with assigned times be adopted?

As a result of the new law,  461 blocos have been given permission to parade in Rio carnaval 2010. The City subsidizes 120 of them.

The decision to force the blocos to register officially has been controversial - there have been demonstrations in protest. Registration takes away some of the anarchic chaos that is the point of carnival. Some blocos (for example, the one that incorporates a ferry ride from Rio to Niteroi as part of their route) felt that they would never get their routes approved.

Last year 269 blocos registered officially. This year there are 499 official parades - some blocos parade more than once. There's 39 in Zona Oeste (16 last year), 54 in Barra, 55 in Tijuca (21 last year), 83 in Zona Norte (from 18 last year), 96 in Centro and 172 in Zona Sul.

"The challenge is to organize the party without letting it lose the spontaneity.  The block has to jump in wherever you want, the way he sees fit" - advocates Cláudio Pinheiro, founder of Banda de Ipanema.

 President of the Association of Residents of Ipanema, Maria Amélia Loureiro disagrees.  She even likes to see the band go away from the coast.  "This year was a horror.  My suggestion is to take the blocks to the center of Rio, which is not residential and has wider streets. There, they can make noise away from homes 24 hours a day. It would also facilitate the police, who could keep its men to one place." she told a globo report

Riotur, the Rio state tourist board, has been able to make alterations to the dates and routes of some of the blocos  to minimize disruption to traffic.

Giselle of TD Sounds did a partial schedule of some of the best known blocos, with dates, times and locations - you can access this here .

MORE: http://oglobo.globo.com/carnaval2009
Pink miniskirted Geisy returns for Carnaval

Geisy Arruda, who became an instant celebrity in 2009 after being heckled by hundreds of fellow students because of her short pink  dress, has accepted invitations to participate with samba groups in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. "It will be a dream come true for me," Arruda said.  Arruda made her comments just before giving a deposition to police who are investigating whether crimes were committed when a crowd of students harassed her on Oct. 22 at the University Bandeirante in Sao Bernardo do Campo, just outside Sao Paulo. The publicity was amplified by youtube video. The private university expelled Arruda, alleging her provocative attitude, not her dress, caused the near riot. After a national uproar, the university reinstated her.

Arruda has made the circuit of television talk shows in Brazil and has said she is enjoying her fame, but she denied any plans to pose nude for men's magazines.

Arruda, 20, said she will parade for the
Leandro de Itaquera samba school in Sao Paulo and the Porto da Pedra school in Rio.

"It will be very pretty," she said when asked what she would be wearing "I'm going to keep my style. It wouldn't be me if I went out there with a long dress."

Porto da Pedra
's theme for this year's parade at the Sambadrome will be "What will I wear?" – addressing the evolution of fashion.

2009 Rio de Janeiro Samba School Awards
Samba school Salgueiro edged last year’s champion, Beija-Flor, to win the Carnival parades championship. Salgueiro’s parade theme this year focused on the history of the drum dating back almost to the dawn of man. Some floats, for example, depicted cavemen atop prehistoric animals. It was the ninth time Salgueiro claimed the crown, but its first win since 1993. Beija-Flor had won five of the previous six competitions.Download

Salgueiro's parade was simply entitled Drum!, and told the history of the instrument which all cultures share and is likely humanity's first instrument first played in Africa.

2009 Carnaval Results
1) Salgueiro: 399,0

2) Beija-Flor: 398,0

3) Portela: 397,9

4) Vila Isabel: 397,6

5) Grande Rio: 396,9

6) Mangueira: 396,8

7) Imperatriz Leopoldinense: 396,4

8 ) Viradouro: 395,1

9) Unidos da Tijuca: 393,1

10) Porto da Pedra: 392,4

11) Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel: 391,5

12)  Império Serrano: 390,7

The top six finishing samba schools of Rio's fiercely competitive Carnival parades marched the Parade of champions on the Carnaval after Saturday: Mangueira, Grande Rio, Vila Isabel, Portela, Beija-Flor and Salgueiro,

Salgueiro's parade theme centered on the history of the drum and its importance to music in various cultures. An army of 4,100 marched alongside ornate floats featuring prehistoric beasts ridden by cavemen.

The school scored 399 points out of a possible 400 to win its ninth title and first since 1993. In second place with 398 points was Beija-Flor, which had won five of the previous six years and edged out Salgueiro in 2008.

Salgueiro performed its interpretation of the history of the drum using eight huge and beautifully designed floats and 4,200 dancers dressed in imaginative costumes and divided into 36 groups.

Rio Carnaval 2009
by globo publishing

Best SambaSchool:/Melhor escola: Salgueiro
Best theme song/Melhor samba-enredo: Mangueira 
Best Drums:/Melhor bateria: Império Serrano
Best story:/Melhor enredo: Salgueiro
Best front line commission/Melhor comissão-de-frente: Unidos de Vila Isabel
Best lead singer/Melhor puxador: Neguinho (Beija-Flor)
Best master of ceremonies/Melhor mestre-sala: Julinho (Unidos de Vila Isabel)
Best flag-bearer/Melhor porta-bandeira: Selminha (Beija-Flor)
Best wing or costume section/Melhor ala: Os Pimpolhos se Divertem (Imperatriz Leopoldinense)
 Best wing of Bahians/Melhor ala das baianas: Império Serrano  
Best male dancer:/Melhor passista masculino: Pelezinho (Unidos da Tijuca)
Best female dancer/Melhor passista feminina: Fernanda Cristina (Porto da Pedra)
Revelation-discovery/ Revelação: Jaqueline (porta-bandeira do Império Serrano)
Personality/Personalidade: Mercedes Batista (Unidos de Vila Isabel) 
Best Samba School Group A/Melhor escola do Grupo A:  Estácio de Sá
Best theme song of Group A/Melhor samba-enredo do Grupo A: Inocentes de Belford Roxo [source]

 Despite the fact that at the beginning of its parade, Salgueiro had mechanical problems with some of its floats, the members of the samba school managed to resolve them in time and make a clean presentation for the judging panel and the more than 70,000 people crammed into the Sambadrome Monday night.

“It was very emotional. Salgueiro deserved that title,” model Viviane Araujo, the queen of the Salgueiro drum brigade, told Globonews television. EFE

"It's a huge win. Salgueiro really needed this victory," said a crying school president Regina Celia Duran. "Salgueiro is a family, and we are now all very happy."

In an attempt at a record  for the smallest scrap of clothing ever in a Carnival parade, model Dani Sperle sported a sparkly silver headdress, a necklace, matching arm bands, and nothing else but a 3cm long patch of cloth.

Stars like Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen and Hollywood actors Kevin Spacey and Matthew McConaughey were spotted over two days of the parades.

Officials reported nearly 720,000 tourists to flock to the city's Carnival and pump $521 million into the local economy.

2009 Access A Escola de Samba Results
União da Ilha do Governador 1 239,9
Renascer de Jacarepaguá 2 239,2
Acadêmicos da Rocinha 3 239
São Clemente 4 238,5
Estácio de Sá 5 238,1
Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz 6 237,8
Paraiso do Tuiuti 7 236,8
Império da Tijuca 8 236,3
Inocentes de Belford Roxo 9 235,9
Caprichosos de Pilares 10 235,3

On Carnaval Saturday, the Access league parades in the Sambadromo with the winner becoming one of the 12 greatest parading samba schools in the world the following year. With the theme: "What is travel - Travel through the extraordinary worlds known and unknown" the school took the crown and will return to the Special League for the first time since 2001.

Sau Paulo Carnaval 2009
In Brazil's business capital of Sao Paulo, which holds a less celebrated parade, the Mocidade Alegre school was announced as the winner on Tuesday. The top five finishers were: 1) Mocidade : 359,25 2) Vai-Vai : 358,75 3) Rosas de Ouro : 358,25 4) Gaviões da Fiel : 358,00 5) Império : 356,50
Going Global:
 As the moon waxes so does the date for Carnaval

Carnaval 2010


20109Queens or Rainhas da bateria
Mocidade - Thatiana Pagung
Porto da Pedra - Valesca ‘Big Bum’ Santos
Unidos da Tijuca - Adriane Galisteu
Salgueiro -Viviane_Araujo
Imperatriz - Luiza_Brunet > Juliana Alves
Portela -Luma_de_Oliveira > Juliana Portela
Vila Isabel -
Mangueira - Renata Santos
Grande Rio -  Paola Oliveira
Viradouro - Juliane Almeida
União da Ilha  - Bruna Bruno
Beija-Flor - Raissa

The Super Couple Watch
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Marriage & Baby  in 2009
2009 Rio Carnaval Queen becomes first to grace cover of Playboy http://www.megatalentos.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jessicamaiamegatalentos4.jpg
Bottomless Ban
Viviane Castro paraded nearly nude in the 2009 Carnaval Saturday parade in Sao Paulo with the U.S. leader's visage on her left thigh. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's face was on her opposite thigh.

Castro's stomach read "for sale" _ a message she said represented the sale of Brazil's Amazon to the U.S. Many here fear the U.S. wants to control the resource-rich region.

She wore the same patch in 2008 when she had an infamous wardrobe malfunction. While most of the top 6 groups appearing in the Parade of Champions had topless dancers, the judges drew the line at going bottomless, apparently penalizing perennial special group contender Sao Clemente for breaking a rule against display of genitalia during its 80-minute parade.

Viviane Castro, a model and dancer, had lost her original "tapasexo" -- a small triangle 1.6-inch patch,of glitter used to cover the most intimate parts of her body. An improvised substitute glued between her legs right before the show also fell off on the parade strip. [MORE]

Sex, Drugs & Samba
Officially Brazil's drinking laws only allow those over 18 years to drink, but this is rarely enforced. Beer, wine, and liquor can be bought any day of the week from grocery stores and delis. Beer is widely sold through street vendors, bakeries, and refreshment stands.
Condoms endorsed by

President Lula

In the past, when the Roman Catholic Church complains - as it traditionally does - about the free handout of millions condoms over Carnaval, you can expect the Minister Gomes Temporao to respond by stressing that the prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases “is a public health problem, not a religious problem”.
demonstrated his certainty of his government's position on this issue when he tossed out condoms to Carnival
revelers early Monday during Rio's samba parades. A presidential spokesman says Silva wanted to show the importance of Brazil's campaign to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Brazil is handing out 65 million free condoms this month; that's up from the usual 45 million.

Brazil is buying 1.2 billion condoms in 2010 for its program, making it the world's biggest government buyer of prophylactics.

[More about the Church & Carnaval in Brazil on our News Page]

Rio Carnaval Dates
2010 - February 13-16
2011 - March 5-8
2012 - February 18-21
2013 - February 9-12
2014 - March 1-4
2015 - February 14-17
2016 - February 6-9
2017 - February 25-28
2018 - February 10-13
2019 - March 2-5
2020 - February 22-25
2021 - February 13-16
2022 - February 26 - March 1
2023 - February 18-21
2024 - February 10-13
2025 - March 1-4
2026 - February 14-17
2027 - February 6-9
2028 - February 26-29
2029 - February 10-13
2030 - March 2-5
2031 - February 22-25
2032 - February 7-10
2033 - February 26 - March 1
2034 - February 18-21
2035 - February 3-6
2036 - February 23-26
2037 - February 14-17
2038 - March 6-9
2039 - February 19-22
2040 - February 11-14
Enjoy More Brazilian Carnivals on your next trip
The weekend after the traditional Carnaval Tuesday end to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro has shaped into Rio's 3rd largest party weekend after the prior weekend and New Year's week. There is not only the Parade of Champions at the Sambodromo but on Sunday After Carnaval is a huge morning parade along Copacabana Beach.
 The second and final parade on the Sunday after Carnaval. MonoBloco, is a Salvador style trio-electrico parade which begins close to 9am at Arapodor Point and parades up Copacabana's Avenida Atlântica to just before the famous Copacabana Hotel. Then, at about 4pm along Impanema Beach on Av. Vieira Souto, the gay Queens of Banda Impanema hold court.



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