Here's the themes (Enredos) of each of the 12 samba schools parading in the top group of Rio carnival 2011, on the Sunday and Monday nights of carnaval. The Carnavalesco is the overall designer of the parade. Each school parades with around 4000 costumed participants and 8 large floats. The parade is divided into sections with costumes and floats illustrating aspects of the theme. Each school has its own song (samba enredo) written specially to explore the school's theme.
"This night will lift your soul"
Carnavaleso Paulo Barros of the Rio samba school Unidos da Tijuca always comes up with obscure enredo titles, but there is some explanation. The theme will look at the fear caused by horror, pense and detective films. It will feature some of the biggest names in Brazilian film production. Tijuca is planning to show the spirit with which Brazilians overcome their fears. They will construct a film in the avenida, and will invite the onlookers to watch it. "we will show the strength of a people which ..... isn't firghtened to be happy" says Paulo Barros.