This weekend, REBEL celebrates Brazilian Carnival inside a special edition of Revolution Saturdays. Not sure what Brazilian Carnival is? We got you covered with some helpful information and interesting facts.
Carnival – also known as the “Greatest Show on Earth” – is the main festival celebrated in Brazil, with the main event happening in Rio de Janeiro. Carnival starts on the Friday until the following Tuesday or one day shy of Ash Wednesday, which signals the start of the Lent season in Catholic traditions. The Sambodromo is the epicentre of Carnival celebrations as it is the stadium built exclusively to showcase samba schools and their dancers, floats and other performers during the Carnival parade. The stadium was conceptualized by Oscar Niemeyer in 1984 and stretches 700 metres across the venue to seat 90,000+ visitors.
The heart of the Carnival celebration is samba. The top samba schools get the honour of performing in front of the entire country inside the Samodromo with a panel of 40 judges, sitting at key points inside the stadium, taking notes of each movement, thread or sequin of a costume, significance of a song and integrity of the samba. The judges announce the champion on Ash Wednesday.