Mangueira, at the end of the Special Group’s first day of parades in Rio this Monday morning (20), held a parade in honor of the various Africans who helped build the Bahia Carnival. Watch videos of the parade above.
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In its presentation, Mangueira had 29 wings, five cars, three stands and 3,500 members. In Sapucaí, the school chronologically told a story from the 19th century AfroBahian processions to the present day.
The front commission has already made clear the presence of female strength in the plot. With a tripod full of transformations with opening walls and moving platforms, Orixás came out of a sacred tree.
1 of 8 Evelyn Bastos, Queen of drums in Mangueira, parades in Sapucaí — Photo: Marcos Serra Lima/g1 2 of 8 Mangueira in Sapucaí — Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Portal 3 of 8 Mangueira in Sapucaí — Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Portal 4 of 8 Mangueira in Sapucaí — Photo: Ricardo Moraes 5 of 8 revelers from the Mangueira samba school perform on the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro — Photo: Portal/Ricardo Moraes 6 of 8 The magic of Carnival descends on Rio with the first Night of the elite samba schools lighting up the Sambodromo — Photo: Portal/Ricardo Moraes 7 out of 8 revelers from the Mangueira samba school perform on the first night of the Sapucaí Carnival parade — Photo: Portal/Ricardo Moraes 8 out of 8 revelers from the Mangueira samba school perform on the first Evening of the carnival parade in Sapucaí — Photo: Portal/Ricardo Moraes
The plot of Mangueira proposes bringing the construction of visions of Africa in Bahia to Sapucaí.
When the school asked for passage before the parade, the Queen of Mangueira, Alcione, led the procession sung by the association.
Shortly thereafter, the opening featured one of the first black parades of the Bahian Carnival, a party based on enslaved blacks’ memories of the former continent.
In his second car, Mangueira portrayed the African Embassy, one of the first black carnival units in Salvador, in the 19th century.
In the districts, the school also recalled the uneasiness that the black carnival in Bahia caused in the elites of Exu and Oxum and even Olodum and Ara Ketu.
After passing the electric trio of contemporary processions in the fourth chariot, the final allegory represented the Axé of the religious salute of Candomblé and Umbanda, with a large silver, green and pink chariot, which the Culture Minister, Margareth Menezes, had as the focal point.
1 of 1 Revelers from the Mangueira Samba School perform on the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro — Photo: Portal/Ricardo Moraes Revelers from the Mangueira Samba School perform on the first night of the Carnival parade in the Sambódromo, in Rio de Janeiro — Photo: Portal/Ricardo Moraes