February is CARNIVAL time! And Manila will definitely not be left behind!
Brasilipinas 2012- where Brasil and the Pilipinas are ONE!
Everything Brasil in one tent and although the FLOW ladies- Monica, Denise and Noelle will be on their INDIAN ADVENTURE, FLOW will be represented by Toni Bernardo and the bateria of Escola de Samba de Manila.
See you all there for some samba, caipirinhas and good vibrations!
February is CARNIVAL month in Rio and we may not be going there yet, but one day for sure!
The Samba Parade in Rio de Janeiro is something everybody should experience at least once in their life. The event is broadcast live to several countries. Watching on TV is comfortable but not close to as much fun as being there. Definitely mingle with the crowds and watch the Brazilians and Cariocas (the people of Rio). For the best and full blown experience, you can even march with a samba school.
The Rio Samba Parade is very distinctive from all other street parades held at some other places in the world. It started as street festivities with groups of people parading through the streets playing music and dancing. The Carnival parades in Rio developed into something special, a competition between the samba schools. The main competition was originally held downtown. Until the mid-1980s, bleachers for the spectators were simply assembled and disassembled every year on Av. Presidente Vargas, one of Rio's major arteries. Then the principal parades were moved to the Sambodromo, specially built for this event.
Preparation for the Samba Parade starts months in advance, as each samba school mobilizes thousands of supporters who will create the various parts of the school's display.
First, the theme of the year is chosen. Then the school's samba song of the year is selected through competition, while the school's Carnival Designer creates the costumes and the floats. When ready, the sketches move into production. By December the rehearsals begin. In time for Christmas, the schools' annual samba songs are recorded and released to the record shops.
All you need to know about the Carnival:
In India- Carnival is celebrated in Goa too but the FLOW gals will miss it by a few days and just experience the aftermath which I am sure will be equally thrilling!