CARNIVAL IN SAO PAULO
Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
163Trip End Mar 17, 2013
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We visited Marcelo's cousin Eliane (Edson's sister) and her husband Claudio who own a computer repair shop in Sao Paulo. We stayed with them for a couple of days. We also visited Tia Maria who is Marcelo's dad's sister and she runs an estate agency. She made us a lovely dinner and delicious dessert.
So now Carnival. I guess all of you have heard of it, but what is it? In actual fact rather than just being a parade held in each city, it is a huge competition
We did not have any tickets so we went on a wish and a prayer, we finally managed to get tickets at 4am (having missed 4 schools) we caught the end of Aguia de Ouro, we saw all of Vila Maria (placed 5th), Gravioes da Fiel (Placed 9th) and Tom Maior (Placed 7th). I have divided the photos up with a little explanation of the theme of each so when you are looking at the photos you can compare each school and see which you like best. Each school writes a song which is sung throughout their parade and has a theme and they are not only judged on dancing, but costumes, theme interpretation, music, timing etc. They have a certain amount of time to complete their parade and if they are late they loose points and if they rush they loose points.
As I said, it is a competition, you may have seen on the TV that this year there was a bit of a scandal surrounding the results and some spectators tore up the judges results because they thought it was rigged. We felt the spirit of fierce competition as the supporters on the stand we were sitting handed out flags and lit fire candles and waved banners, fortunately we were sitting with the team that Sandra and Edson support. The Gravioes. Anyway, we had a great time and the carnival ended at 7am as the sun rose.
Next stop RIO.