2017 Carnaval Winners Crowned in Rio and Sao Paulo

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2017 Carnaval Winners Crowned in Rio and Sao Paulo

Rio de Janeiro 

It’s been 33 years since Rio’s most-awarded Samba school has won overall honors as Rio de Janeiro’s Champion of Carnaval, but Portela’s long drought officially ended yesterday when it was crowned as 2017’s winner.

Reflecting a political tone carried by many of Rio’s Samba Schools this year, Portela’s marching theme was titled ‘The Water of Rivers’; a cultural homage to Brazil’s Mariana Dam disaster of 2015, which saw a sea mud rush through two northern states, resulting in loss of life, property and natural resources.

While the theme itself was neither joyous or uplifting, Portela’s presentation certainly was enough to sway the judges, who stated that both the costumes and the floats weighed in Portela’s favor during balloting. It won by one tenth of a single point over rival Mocidade Independente.

Portela last won in 1984. This year’s victory is its 22nd crown.






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Sao Paulo

Meanwhile, Brazil’s largest city Sao Paulo crowned its Carnaval Champion a day earlier. The Samba School Acadêmicos do Tatuapé was crowned the city’s overall winner this year to mark its very first victory in the challenging and competitive Grupo Especial (Special Group).

3,200 dancers and several impressive floats paid tribute to the African country of Zimbabwe, and Tatuapé’s presentation gave them an impressive edge over runner-up, Dragões da Real.

Tatuapé’s marching song entitled ‘Mãe-África conta a sua história: Do Berço Sagrado da Humanidade à Terra Abençoada do Grande Zimbawe!’ (Mother Africa tells her story: from the Sacred Cradle of Humanity to the Blessed Earth of Great Zimbabwe), featured representations of historic African kingdoms and diverse religious beliefs of Benin, Egypt, Mali, Morocco, Songhai and Yoruba. The final float was a tribute to the history of Zimbabwe, from the earliest days of the Monomotapa Empire to today.

Tatuapé, which marched on the first night of competition, was founded in 1952. Last year, it was a finalist in the standings. “It took us 64 years to make this party here,” he said. “For us it is always harder and sweaty, but it is worth it. This is a time of great happiness for us.”