Riotur, the Rio de Janeiro Tourism Development Department officially announced today the list of all Street Carnival Marching Bands, known as “blocos de carnval”, allowed to parade in 2011 Rio Carnival.
There will be in total 424 street carnival bands, which of them, one third of them, located in the South Zone, as an example Mulheres de Chico, Orquestra Voadora, and Empolga as 9. The center of Rio comes in second with the highest concentration of the free for all marching bands, with 74 authorizations.
On the other hand, RioTur vetoed the presentation of 41 other groups. To minimize the inconvenience caused by the passage of the Rio Street Carnival Bands, the city will hire 500 extra agents to assist transit employees and the Municipal Guard. For RioTur, Rio´s street carnival is expected to attract about 3 million revelers, in comparison to 2.4 million from 2010.
See below Two great Videos of some of my favorite Rio Street Carnival bands:
Brazil Carnival 2011 is on its way, and Rio Samba-Schoolsare all getting ready with a series of practices and rehearsals to make sure everything runs smooth on the final dates. Below we show videos involving 3 exciting samba-schools. We hope you enjoy the videos and start getting prepared for the 2011 Brazilian Carnival.
Below, you will see a joint rehearsal promoted by São Clemente Samba School in Rio de Janeiro. They invited the Beija-Flor for this beautiful party with its "sister school" , as they call themselves. Here, legendary Flag-Bearer Selminha Sorrizo from Beija-Flor, and her partner, theSamba host Claudinho, perform a very traditional, but rare to witness ceremony: the exchange of the Samba-school flag banners. Here you will see the Flag Bearer couples dancing their ballet with the banner of the host school, and vice-versa. Really emotional!
Rio de Janeiro had a great 2011 New Years Day. Everybody to whom I have been talking to, and also the press had been calling the “Decade of the Changes”, still within the spirit of the Peace Keeping efforts and disarmament of the old drug gangsters and cartels.
2011 had a monumental party at several beaches, including worldwide famous Copacabana Beach, Flamengo Beach, Ramos, and the several other spots that received more than 700 thousand tourists. At Copacabana beach alone, there were approximately 2 million people, all dressed in white, according to our tradition.
At the Flamengo Beach, where from where I shot the images below, there were 200 thousand people, who watched 25 minutes of Fireworks and samba shows from Sao Clemente samba school From Flamengo Beach, fireworks from Niteroi could also be seen, from the other side of the bay. I hope you enjoy the video!
At the beginning of the Video, you will see the 2016 Olympic Games Logo, which was released at the Copacabana Party.