Parading in Salgueiro
For complicated reasons I am supposed to be parading in the samba school Salgueiro at about 3.30am Monday morning, in a sweltering hot padded costume several sizes too big for me. Currently its averaging 45 degrees in Rio during the day, near the sambodromo.
The two big problems this presents are the strong possibility of dehydration and the long hard slog I´ve had to put in to learning the samba. I didnt even like the samba when I started but fortunately it has grown on me.
The Rio samba school Salgueiro is planning to be holding its street rehearsals regularly on Wednesday evenings at Rua Sivas Teles, starting at 9pm.
The whole samba school will be practicing their parade down on the street, and singing their samba for 2010 "Stories without end"
The bateria will be out in force with over 200 drummers, led by Mestre Marcão, and the puxador Quinho singing the song through a huge mobile sound system.
As usual with street rehearsals, there will be hot dog stalls, street barbecues, plenty of beer and other street food and drink to create a real party atmosphere.