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Jun 22, 2022 16:07:43   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
On our ride throug Rio from Corcovado to Samba City, we passed the massive Sambadrome, the site of Carnival parades and a 2016 Olympics venue..

The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is a purpose-built parade area built for the Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue is also known as Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro or simply the Sambódromo in Portuguese or Sambadrome in English. It is located in the downtown area of Cidade Nova in Rio de Janeiro, and is the place where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign tourists each year, and the structure is also used as a multi-purpose performance venue. The structures of the Sambadrome were designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012), and represent his first major work after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964–1985.

The Sambódromo was commissioned in 1983 and completed in 1984. It is one of two works designed by Oscar Niemeyer upon his return to Brazil after exile during the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964-1985. The democratic election of regional governors, notably in the state of Rio de Janeiro in 1982, signaled a return to civilian rule and renewed work for artists whose work was suppressed by the regime. Governor Leonel Brizola, a longtime Niemeyer associate, commissioned the Sambradrome to reflect socialismo moreno, or multicultural socialism. Niemeyer worked closely with vice-governor Darcy Ribeiro (1922-1997), a Brazilian anthropologist, on the location and building concept. The Sambadrome was not only to function as the centerpiece of the Rio Carnival, but also house a primary school with 115 classrooms underneath the bleachers of the structure. Niemeyers's Praça da Apoteose (Apotheosis Square), a 90 metres (300 ft) trilegged arch, became a noted symbol of the Rio Carnival.

The Sambódromo consists of a 700 metres (2,300 ft) stretch of Marquês de Sapucaí street converted into a permanent parade ground with bleachers (grandstands) built on either side for spectators. Its capacity is 90,000. The parade avenue is painted gray each year before Carnival. The complex includes an area located at the end of the parade route, the Praça da Apoteose (Apotheosis Square) near the Morro da Mineira, where the bleachers are set further back from the parade area, creating a square where revelers gather as they end their parade.

Outside the Carnival season, Apotheosis Square is occasionally used as a major concert venue in Rio de Janeiro. Artists who have performed in Apotheosis Square of the Sambadrome include Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Supertramp, the Black Eyed Peas, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Coldplay, Whitney Houston, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, Hillsong, Jonas Brothers, Nirvana, A-ha, Janet Jackson, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Marshmello, David Guetta, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Alok and many more.

In December, the samba schools begin holding technical rehearsals at the Sambadrome, leading up to Carnival.

The official Carnival parades take place just before the start of Lent. They are held for four consecutive nights, during which schools parade one after another from 8pm until the morning. The A Series samba schools are hosted on Friday and Saturday, and the elite Special Group marches on Sunday and Monday. The Special Group nights are by far the biggest attractions. The parades are televised nationally and are watched by large audiences.

Each samba school has a preset amount of time (75 minutes) to parade from one end of the Sambadrome to the other with all its thousands of dancers, its drum section, and a number of floats. Each school has its own unique qualities according to its own traditions. Schools are graded by a jury, and the competition is ferocious. On Ash Wednesday (quarta-feira de cinzas), grades are gathered and one school is declared the winner. The Parade of Champions is held the following Saturday featuring the five winning samba schools in the Special Group category and the A Series division winner, which joins the Special Group come the next year.

In 2008, ticket prices for normal bleacher, or Grandstands, seats in the Sambadrome on Special Group nights ranged between R$10 and R$500 (US$6.50 to US$312.50), with VIP Cabins, or Covered Boxes, seating (which includes open bar, buffet - dinner, dessert and more) and scalped tickets costing much more (starting from US$2,500.00, in the best locations).

Inflated prices to watch star samba schools exclude many Brazilians from attending. As a reaction to high levels of commercialization, Rio de Janeiro has experienced a resurgence in free block parties (Street Bands and Groups: Blocos) that take place in suburbs all over the city.

It is possible for a person who is not a member of any samba school to buy a costume and arrange for a spot as a dancer in one of the parade groups.

For the 2016 Summer Olympics, the venue hosted archery and the athletics marathon event, and for the 2016 Summer Paralympics, the venue hosted archery.

In preparation for the Olympics, an old Brahma beer factory nearby was demolished and extra bleachers were built on the site, increasing spectator capacity by around 18,000 seats in accordance with Niemeyer's original vision of making the Sambadrome complex symmetrical. The reopening occurred on February 7, 2012. Mayor Eduardo Paes and architect Oscar Niemeyer attended the ceremony.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambadrome_Marqu%C3%AAs_de_Sapuca%C3%AD

For more images of Rio as well as narratives, please see my previous posts. The first 7 images were taken through the tour bus windows.
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-741364-1.html#13198577
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-741566-1.html#13202610
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-741902-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-742109-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-742320-1.html#13218329
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-742640-1.html

I hope you enjoy them.
Mark


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Approaching Samba City
Approaching Samba City...
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Prince Harry back when people still liked him.
Prince Harry back when people still liked him....
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Jun 22, 2022 16:08:29   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
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Jun 22, 2022 17:49:49   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Impressive venue for dancing, Mark! I missed a special dancer.

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Jun 22, 2022 17:58:19   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Interesting post, Mark. Nicely done.

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Jun 22, 2022 18:02:56   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
UTMike wrote:
Impressive venue for dancing, Mark! I missed a special dancer.


We danced at the samba school which is coming and I promise there will be some special appearances. Thanks for commenting Mike.

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Jun 22, 2022 18:03:55   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
kpmac wrote:
Interesting post, Mark. Nicely done.


Thanks very much Ken.

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Jun 23, 2022 06:30:31   #
Tdearing Loc: Rockport, TX
 
Well done, Mark. Love the culture there.

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Jun 23, 2022 08:13:03   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
Beautiful images Mark - great set!

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Jun 23, 2022 13:15:50   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
srfmhg wrote:
On our ride throug Rio from Corcovado to Samba City, we passed the massive Sambadrome, the site of Carnival parades and a 2016 Olympics venue..

The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is a purpose-built parade area built for the Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue is also known as Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro or simply the Sambódromo in Portuguese or Sambadrome in English. It is located in the downtown area of Cidade Nova in Rio de Janeiro, and is the place where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign tourists each year, and the structure is also used as a multi-purpose performance venue. The structures of the Sambadrome were designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012), and represent his first major work after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964–1985.

The Sambódromo was commissioned in 1983 and completed in 1984. It is one of two works designed by Oscar Niemeyer upon his return to Brazil after exile during the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964-1985. The democratic election of regional governors, notably in the state of Rio de Janeiro in 1982, signaled a return to civilian rule and renewed work for artists whose work was suppressed by the regime. Governor Leonel Brizola, a longtime Niemeyer associate, commissioned the Sambradrome to reflect socialismo moreno, or multicultural socialism. Niemeyer worked closely with vice-governor Darcy Ribeiro (1922-1997), a Brazilian anthropologist, on the location and building concept. The Sambadrome was not only to function as the centerpiece of the Rio Carnival, but also house a primary school with 115 classrooms underneath the bleachers of the structure. Niemeyers's Praça da Apoteose (Apotheosis Square), a 90 metres (300 ft) trilegged arch, became a noted symbol of the Rio Carnival.

The Sambódromo consists of a 700 metres (2,300 ft) stretch of Marquês de Sapucaí street converted into a permanent parade ground with bleachers (grandstands) built on either side for spectators. Its capacity is 90,000. The parade avenue is painted gray each year before Carnival. The complex includes an area located at the end of the parade route, the Praça da Apoteose (Apotheosis Square) near the Morro da Mineira, where the bleachers are set further back from the parade area, creating a square where revelers gather as they end their parade.

Outside the Carnival season, Apotheosis Square is occasionally used as a major concert venue in Rio de Janeiro. Artists who have performed in Apotheosis Square of the Sambadrome include Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Supertramp, the Black Eyed Peas, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Coldplay, Whitney Houston, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, Hillsong, Jonas Brothers, Nirvana, A-ha, Janet Jackson, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Marshmello, David Guetta, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Alok and many more.

In December, the samba schools begin holding technical rehearsals at the Sambadrome, leading up to Carnival.

The official Carnival parades take place just before the start of Lent. They are held for four consecutive nights, during which schools parade one after another from 8pm until the morning. The A Series samba schools are hosted on Friday and Saturday, and the elite Special Group marches on Sunday and Monday. The Special Group nights are by far the biggest attractions. The parades are televised nationally and are watched by large audiences.

Each samba school has a preset amount of time (75 minutes) to parade from one end of the Sambadrome to the other with all its thousands of dancers, its drum section, and a number of floats. Each school has its own unique qualities according to its own traditions. Schools are graded by a jury, and the competition is ferocious. On Ash Wednesday (quarta-feira de cinzas), grades are gathered and one school is declared the winner. The Parade of Champions is held the following Saturday featuring the five winning samba schools in the Special Group category and the A Series division winner, which joins the Special Group come the next year.

In 2008, ticket prices for normal bleacher, or Grandstands, seats in the Sambadrome on Special Group nights ranged between R$10 and R$500 (US$6.50 to US$312.50), with VIP Cabins, or Covered Boxes, seating (which includes open bar, buffet - dinner, dessert and more) and scalped tickets costing much more (starting from US$2,500.00, in the best locations).

Inflated prices to watch star samba schools exclude many Brazilians from attending. As a reaction to high levels of commercialization, Rio de Janeiro has experienced a resurgence in free block parties (Street Bands and Groups: Blocos) that take place in suburbs all over the city.

It is possible for a person who is not a member of any samba school to buy a costume and arrange for a spot as a dancer in one of the parade groups.

For the 2016 Summer Olympics, the venue hosted archery and the athletics marathon event, and for the 2016 Summer Paralympics, the venue hosted archery.

In preparation for the Olympics, an old Brahma beer factory nearby was demolished and extra bleachers were built on the site, increasing spectator capacity by around 18,000 seats in accordance with Niemeyer's original vision of making the Sambadrome complex symmetrical. The reopening occurred on February 7, 2012. Mayor Eduardo Paes and architect Oscar Niemeyer attended the ceremony.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambadrome_Marqu%C3%AAs_de_Sapuca%C3%AD

For more images of Rio as well as narratives, please see my previous posts. The first 7 images were taken through the tour bus windows.
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-741364-1.html#13198577
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-741566-1.html#13202610
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-741902-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-742109-1.html
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-742320-1.html#13218329
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-742640-1.html

I hope you enjoy them.
Mark
On our ride throug Rio from Corcovado to Samba Cit... (show quote)


I love all those beautifully shot latin colors 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

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Jun 23, 2022 14:23:03   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
Tdearing wrote:
Well done, Mark. Love the culture there.


Thanks so much TDearing. We love the culture as well.

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Jun 23, 2022 14:23:24   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
yssirk123 wrote:
Beautiful images Mark - great set!


Thanks very much Bill.

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Jun 23, 2022 14:24:06   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
joecichjr wrote:
I love all those beautifully shot latin colors 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆


Thanks very much Joe. The colors were impressive and vivid.

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Jun 23, 2022 15:13:10   #
phlash46 Loc: Westchester County, New York
 
Great series Mark!

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Jun 23, 2022 17:35:11   #
srfmhg Loc: Marin County, CA
 
phlash46 wrote:
Great series Mark!


Thanks very much Bruce.

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Jun 23, 2022 18:07:49   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 

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