Beija Flor's parade in 2010 will be about Roberto Carlos, the singer and composer.
Beija Flor fielded a 67 meter long float in their Rio Carnival samba school parade, 2010.
Heres a picture I took of their giant float as it appeared in the carnival parade. Beija Flor is a famously well organised samba school and, through meticulous advance planning and ingenious engineering, they managed to get it round the corners and along the narrow streets both to and from the sambadrome without any major incident. Beija Flor came third overall in the results, not because of any technical problem with their parade, but because their theme was unpopular.
Beija Flor and Brasilia
The year 2010 is the 50th anniversary of Brasilia, the purpose built capital of Brazil. The Brasilia local government wanted, as part of their celebrations, for Brasilia to be the theme of one of the major Rio samba schools’ parades. There was much competition in Rio for this position, as it carried with it a generous sponsorship of an estimated three million Brazilian Reals, enough extra money to ensure a most luxurious parade.
But sponsorship and patronage are sometimes an uncertain prospect.
Beija Flor finally won this gilded prize and their carnival preparations are well under way, with every centavos of the sponsorship money accounted for in their spectacular plans.
In the last week a huge scandal has erupted in the city of Brasilia with key members of the local government accused of major corruption. Secret video recordings have been broadcast on television apparently showing Federal District politicians, including the governor, accepting wads of cash and stuffing them into their pockets, socks and underwear. Judicial investigations are underway.
A purely positive treatment of the theme ‘Brasilia’ is going to be problematic. But a samba school accepting sponsorship money is not really in a position to bite the hand that is feeding them. It is unlikely that we will be seeing any cutting satire. Anyway, the enredo (theme) has already been published, the costumes and floats have been designed and the materials bought; construction is well under way. The sambas have been written around the enredo, the winner chosen and the CD recorded and released. I wait with great interest to see how the carnival directors of Beija Flor choose to play this one in the design and execution of their Rio carnival 2010 parade.