As the samba schools continue to prepare for the 2013 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, let us take a look back at what happened earlier this year in the 2012 Carnaval. For the uninitiated, Carnaval takes place Thursday-Tuesday preceding the Catholic Ash Wednesday. Historically, Carnaval was promoted by the Church as a period of release for catholics before the days of abstinence required during Lent.
In Brazil, the samba schools practice virtually year round for this opportunity to perform before the world. They march through the streets of their cities or in elaborate stadiums built for the event. In Rio de Janeiro, the schools proceed down the road performing their school song in what is known as the Sambadrome, a parade ground that seats 90,000 people. Judges decide which school will be the champion of that year’s Carnaval. This is the highlight of many people’s lives!
Carnaval takes place in 2013 from Feb 7-12. The events will be broadcast live on Brazilian TV. As we have done for the last five years, the Brazil Travel Center Blog will make available exclusive online links to watch Carnival live from Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and Sao Paulo!
Rio Carnival 2013 Special Group Sambadrome Parade Schedule:
Time Feb 10 (Sunday) Feb 11 (Monday)
09:00 – 10:15 PM Innocentes de Belford Roxo São Clemente
10:05 – 11:20 PM Salgueiro Mangueira
11:10 – 11:45 PM Unidos da Tijuca Beija-Flor
12:15 – 01:05 AM União da Ilha Grande Rio
01:20 – 02:30 AM Mocidade Imperatriz
02:25 – 03:50 AM Portela Vila Isabel
For now, enjoy the 2012 Carnaval videos as broadcast on live TV from Rio de Janeiro. In 2013, you will be able to watch the broadcast live from the weblinks supplied by this blog!
Tijuca The CHAMPIONS OF 2012 CARNAVAL