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"Tecnical Rehearsals in Sambodromo-2004" Carnaval Tip by mangueirense

Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro: 58 reviews and 88 photos

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by mangueirense

From Friday 13th December 2003 to February 15th 2004 the Samba Schools will be carrying out live technical rehearsals in the Sambodrome, open to the general public. For the first time, Sectors one and three in the Sambodrome will be opened to allow people to observe these rehearsals, for free.

The technical rehearsal is where the whole samba school practices their parade. Although participants are not in costume, the band will be playing, the song will be being sung, and all the different sectors of the samba school will be out there practising their moves and displaying their spirit, parading down the Sambodrome. There have been technical rehearsals in the Avenida for a while, but this is the first time the public will be encouraged to come and watch.

"These technical rehearsals in the Sambodrome are the new attraction of our City. Just as happens in the parade itself, they present a party of peace and happiness" said the president of the League of Samba Schools, responsible for this project.

Technical rehearsals will occur every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Feb 15th. On Saturday and Sundays two schools will parade, one at 7pm and one at 9pm. (this may be subject to last minute changes). For visitor security, police presence in the area around the Sambodrome will be intensified, and parking spaces will be provided. There will be food stalls and luncheonettes gathered around a new square, the Ponto de Encontro do Sambista (the Sambistas Meeting Point), and there will be a medical post established.

If you are travelling through Rio between now and Carnival 2004, and you have a serious interest in the work of the samba schools, this is a fantastic opportunity to see what they do. It is much easier to see the passion and beauty of the ordinary people of the samba schools when they are not hidden in their spectacular big costumes. And the sambodromo is easily accessible from downtown Rio.

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  • Updated Jan 8, 2004
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