to Party Mode
Last year the
Carnival had as its theme "a retrospective look
at the 20th Century". This year the organizers
have reversed the theme to that of the "millennium
fantasies: a look towards to the future".
was extremely popular - especially the Barbie
is followed by a band marching to the samba beat.
As expected many
troupes will participate this year in the very popular
carnival parades. It has been reported that at least
eight "Escolas de Samba" or samba
troupes have presented their petition to participate
to the regional secretary of tourism - the responsible
agency for the organization of the carnival festivities.
The festivities are
serious business. Many troupes have been preparing
Months, many since November, for the parade and spectacle
on the 4th of March. The funding for the event is
mostly sponsored by the regional government through
its agencies of tourism and planning and local coordination