|Rio's Small samba schools|
|Written by Giselle W|
|Sunday, 14 March 2010 23:32|
Not just a big show
Its easy to believe that the Rio de Janeiro samba schools are opulent wealthy organisations concerned with putting on a big show for the television cameras. But only a small proportion of Rio's samba schools are in the Special Group. There are six groups altogether, and the three lowest groups parade way out of town, in conditions very different from those you see on television.
This is a real street parade, with simple costumes made with love and very little money. There's a family atmosphere. The samba schools are much smaller, they have fewer, smaller floats, everything is much more basic. Few schools can afford feathers. This year some of the parades were filmed by a fixed camera for community television, but usually they pass by unrecorded.
Unlike the Sambodrome with its central location between two metro stations, these schools parade in an inaccessible part of town, and it's hard for participants and fans to get there. Schools have been known not to parade at all because the motor coaches didn't turn up to take the participants to the parade. A whole years work down the drain because of a dodgy coach booking!