101 - 28th February 2006 - Rio de Janeiro - Carnival


The Sambodrome is huge, we were in Sector 6 seats (it goes up to sector 13)


another float with dancers


the tigers were fully mobile


water floats aswell


each school takes about 90 minutes to get from one end of the sambodrome to the other, so you can imagine the scale


another float


It takes a couple of cranes to get the people off the top of the floats


the size is amazing


sailing ships


big boat float


close up


float


a sea of feathers


another tiger float (this is still the first parade at 10.30pm!)


fab costumes


the sambodrome


the second school Mangueira had a lot of followers so the crowd noise was amazing


Every school started with fireworks


This float was a totem and opened out like a canoe as well. very good


canoes and feathers


the first main float of the second school (there are 7 throughout the night)


more of the first float


close up


Chris at the Sambodrome


great costumes


spooky green float


wouldn't like to meet him on a dark night!


you can see the parade goes on for a kilometre


dragon float


big cake float


some of the floats we didn't really understand....


You can see the detail of the costumes here


three kings float


so colourful


and detailed


more costumes


wow


more wow


so much fun!


even when the performers got to the end they were still dancing


lots of the floats had confetti coming out of them too


there are a couple of people within the fruit!


yeah! confetti - the end of the second school's parade - Mangueira


detail of the last Mangueira float


The third school started with these individuals and doors, it was about architecture


then came their first float!


cavemen on this float


so colourful


works of art at the back of the caveman float


architecture float


big dresses


pip at sambodrome


dancing to the music


feathers!


confetti float


there is a person within the feathers at the top of the float


so good


so many floats!