Rio De Janeiro, Sunday February 19, 2012.
Performs this Samba Schools; Renascer, Portela, Imperatriz, Mocidade, Porta da Pedra, Beija-Flor and Vila Isabel. As special guest I, Veniamin A.K.A. Human Slinky i will represent "Unidos da Tijuca" Samba School Tuesday February 21, 2012 at 3 AM. You can watch the Carnival on Brazilian TV Globo.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the Largest of Brazil's Carnival Celebrations.
The purpose of carnival is for samba schools to compete with fellow rival schools; this competition is the climax of the whole carnival festival. Each school chooses a theme to try and portray in their entry. The samba schools work to build the best floats and costumes to represent their themes, and to include the best music they can from their band called the bateria. There are many parts to each school's entry including the six to eight floats and thousands of participants.
In Brazil, Carnival is generally considered to have started in 1723 by settlers from the Portuguese Islands. Then in 1840, masquerade balls started, with street parades becoming part of the festivities about ten years later, leading to samba ingrained with Carnival by 1917.In 1928, the samba schools emerged as part of the Carnival culture and quickly began to shape the parading on the streets of Rio. As the popularity and competition between schools increased, the Sambódromo was eventually built in 1984 to house event, which continues to grow exponentially in splendor and extravagance.