Feb 25, 2009

Rio Carnival 09: winners of samba school parades to be announced today

Today at 3:45 p.m. the winners of the Rio Carnival parades will be announced. Forty judges give marks to 10 different criteria, such as drumming, flag-bearers (below), costumes, theme song, etc.

Frontrunners are Salgueiro, Beija Flor and Grande Rio.

All parades concluded yesterday, with a few mishaps along the way. Globo TV station crew dropped a video camera, hurting 6 people on the bleechers .

To see photos, hear the samba songs for each of the escolas de samba (samba schools representing different Rio districts) and more, just click here.

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