Império Serrano opened the night of the parades in Sapucaí this Sunday (19), returning to the special group after two years of absence from the elite of the Rio Carnival (see videos of the parade above).
The presence of the sambista seated on a throne and funny wings symbolizing compositions created or sung by Arlindo were the trump cards to break the fast of 40 years without a title.
The parade had allegories depicting “Bagaço da Laranja”, “Shrimp Que Dorme a Onda Leva”, “Drums of Xangô”, “Falange do Erê”, “Banho de Fé” and of course “Bum Bum Paticumbum Prugurundum”. The famous song in Arlindo’s voice was the theme of the Empire’s last victory over the Carnival elite in 1982.
1 of 8 Arlindo Cruz, Péricles and Regina Casé at the parade of Império Serrano — Photo: Daniel Pinheiro/AgNews 2 of 8 Arlindo Cruz at the parade of Império Serrano — Photo: Alexandre Durão/g1 3 of 8 Regina Casé at the parade of Império Serrano — Photo: Daniel Pinheiro/AgNews 4 of 8 Darlin Ferrattry, mother of Lexa, Queen of the Serrano Empire — Photo: Alexandre Durão/g1 5 of 8 Quitéria Chagas, Muse of the Serrano Empire — Photo: Alexandre Durão/g1 6 of 8 Baianas do Império came from supporters of São Jorge — Photo: Alexandre Durão/g1 7 of 8 Marlon Flores and Danielle Nascimento, 1st pair of Império Serrano — Photo: Alexandre Durão/g1 8 of 8 Detail of the third chariot of the Império, Inspired by the song “Banho de Faith” — Photo: Roberto Teixeira/g1
Império Serrano opened the evening with the theme “Lugares de Arlindo” in homage to the singer and composer Arlindo Cruz.
With 3,000 members divided into 29 wings, the Madureira school visited the “Places of Arlindo”, in reference to the song “Meu Lugar” (See photos from the parade above.).
In search of his tenth title in Rio’s carnival elite, Império began the parade with a frontline assignment that represented a healing and axé ritual, with the presence of healers and elements associated with the singer, such as his inseparable banjo and the cacique block .by Ramos.
The open wing carriage brought nine crowns representing the titles won by the school. Carnival was also the theme of the fourth car, which featured a giant sculpture of a flag bearer. It was a tribute to Babi Cruz, Arlindo’s wife, who was once Mocidade’s flag bearer.
Another curiosity of the parade is that the initials of each stanza formed the honoree’s full name: Arlindo Domingo da Cruz Filho.
The 64yearold Sambista, suffering from the effects of a stroke he suffered in 2017, was surrounded by friends (such as Regina Casé, Marcelo D2, Péricles) and family in the last car. Behind him is a huge sculpture of the singer smiling and holding his banjo.
1 of 1 Arlindo Cruz, Péricles and Regina Casé at the Império Serrano parade — Photo: Daniel Pinheiro/AgNews Arlindo Cruz, Péricles and Regina Casé at the Império Serrano parade — Photo: Daniel Pinheiro/AgNews