Carnival Sambadrome – Part 3: Champions Round

Last night was the final night of Carnival at the Sambadrome with the 6 best schools of the year.  Beija-Flor (which means Hummingbird in Portuguese) was the winner.  The schools that we saw the first night were phenomenal, but these 6 were truly extraordinary, so good that even though our night started at 7pm we started till the end (finally got home at 5:30am!). The floats and the costumes were larger than than life, with many more intricate pieces involved in animating them.

The costumes were so vibrant and full of life, so many colors, feathers, and wings, it was so creative and full of detail:Each skit was excellently coriographed, some even had a touch of magic: Or were wildly animated including this float—  Carnival- Flipping Float produced by Pamela Granoff on WellcomeMat These people were actually flipping head over feet for a full hour! I don’t know how they did it; was mind blowing to watch! I would have been throwing up after 2 minutes!

The movie representation floats were some of my favorites! Watching cars come to life: Transformers… Robots in disguise produced by Pamela Granoff on WellcomeMat or the Avatar’s dance gracefully dance, or Indiana Jones escaping the Lost Tomb: Indiana Jones! produced by Pamela Granoff on WellcomeMat

The opening float by Beija-Flor (the winner) actually caught fire while it was passing by us and it had to be put out! (More detailed pictures up on Facebook)

People were waving the Beija-Flor flag and cheering as the parade continued on. The whole night was an amazing experience I am so grateful we were able to be a part of it.