Ales at Rio Carnival
OK, probably the last post of the Brazilian blog, and to end the event, I’ve loaded up a string of brief snippets from a film that I shot in 1999 onto the Brazilian Music Day page. These are ales, or ‘wings’ that accompany the floats that parade in the Sambadrome during Rio’s carnival. If the women on the floats are the flesh, then the ales are the bones that make the carnival human. They come in blocs of color, wave after wave, and are a wonder to behold. Everyone should attend Carnival once – either the big-time one in Rio, a street version in Bahia, or in any of the cities in Brazil.