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Drummers from the Rosas de Ouro samba school
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Conquering the crowds in 2010 with its first-place-winning chocolate theme, and placing second in 2012 and 2013, the samba school Rosas – which was started under the auspices of Rio powerhouse Mangueira – hopes to capture another win at the Sambódromo this year by remaining at the forefront of the judges’ minds with its theme, ‘Inesquecível’ (unforgettable).
The basics The rehearsals are a chance for anyone planning to parade to learn that year’s chosen song (samba-enredo), for the drummers to master their rhythms, for the dancers to get in step, and for the neighbourhoods to start the celebrations. But don’t let the term ‘rehearsal’ confuse you – a samba school ensaio is as much a party as a chance for the school to practice, and everyone is welcome for a cover fee. They can be crowded, sometimes slightly chaotic events, so take care to work out beforehand how you’re getting home, and leave valuables behind.
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