Carnaval Guide
Carnaval Guide

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  1. Copacabana
  2. Fidalgos e Aristocratas
  3. Império da Zona Norte
  4. Império do Sol >Translate to English by google "
  5. Protegidos da Princesa Isabel
  6. Real Academia de Samba
  7. Unidos de Vila Isabel
  8. Acadêmicos da Orgia
  9. Acadêmicos de Gravataí
  10. Acadêmicos de Niterói
  11. Embaixadores do Ritmo
  12. Imperatriz Leopoldense
  13. Os Filhos da Candinha
  14. Realeza >Translate to English by google
  15. Academia União da Tinga
  16. Mocidade Lomba do Pinheiro
  17. Os Astros de Alvorada
  18. Unidos da Vila Mapa
  19. Unidos do Capão
  20. Unidos do Guajuviras
  21. Bambas da Orgia
  22. Imperadores do Samba
  23. Academia de Samba Praiana
  24. Imperatriz Dona Leopoldina
  25. Academia de Samba Puro
  26. Estado Maior da Restinga
  27. União da Vila do IAPI

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Empire of the Sun

"For the year of 2006 the Dream to fly and freedom will be present in our parade, with the subject "the Man Travels In the Wings Of the Imagination and Frees the Dream De Voar" with a serious work that is mark and the presence of the leopoldense Tricolor, will make a work worthy of the carnival of the gauchos, and returned to the special group of the carnival of the Rio Grande Do Sul. "
Império do Sol >Translate to English by google "

Confirming events can be difficult but the daily paper is best. A large percentage of the population does not participate in Carnaval and their advise can often be inaccurate. Be sure to get a Carnaval program from the Visitor's desk at the airport where English is spoken.

Using Public transit is not so easy in Porto Alegre and be wary of taking long taxi rides for an event time that has changed.   

 Motorists are advised to drive cautiously during the Carnaval with increased accidents as well patrols to be expected


PORTO ALEGRE began as a sprout of the Guaíba Lake. Its calm waters, inside the continent, provided a safe anchorage that the ocean could not offer. Great bodies of water have always inspired great carnavals.

The original small village was created when Portuguese groups from the Azores came in the 18th Century. Before this, Porto Alegre was the port of Viamão on the shore of Guaíba Lake. Its ancient name was Porto dos Casais (Couples' Port), a reference to the families that ran away from conflicts near the Uruguay border. Later it received other Europeans from Germany, Italy, Poland, Austria, France, Scotland and other countries. Also, Africans and Asians collaborated to create a vivid, exciting and joyful culture that loves to celebrate life as only Carnaval can.
Before the Europeans, the region was inhabited by natives from Tupi-Guarani tradition. They left their footprints as a wealth of geographical names. For example, the Guaíba Lake received its name from the word Gua-y-be, which means "cove" or "bay". Today these souls return at Carnaval time in the presense of the Porto Alegre Carnaval Comanches and Guaianazes

Official Carnaval Site by the City:
carnaval/ || To English by google ||


Official Carnaval Site by the Samba School Carnaval Association (AECPRAS)
Download > translate to English by google Association of the Carnaval Entities of Rio Grande Sul, since 2004.  (AECPRAS),
Find parade orders, schedules, judges results, ticket information, and lots of fotos! There also CDs for sale of the enredos by the samba schools

Other Web Guides carnaval guide ||
Guide to Puerto Alegre Carnaval 2005 by translated to English by google

Porto Alegre Carnaval by

terra ||Porto Alegre by terra  ||to english by google Terra ended its coverage of Porto Alegre carnival with the 2002 season

Carnaval Central
There is a large street festival in the park surrounding the Samabodromo [Parade Stadium] erected on
Avenida Augusto de Carvalho  beginning on Carnaval Saturday and going through to Carnival Tuesday. Hundreds of booths, a Giant Screen TV and inexpensive seating all set in a nice large park not far from the old downtown make this Carnaval central for Porto Alegre.
Parking in the Carnival
by EPTC, is located in the Avenue Aureliano de Figueiredo Young chicken, 185, price of R$ 2,00 per vehicle

Pre-Carnaval Parades
Begin in December  A tribute to thetraditional Muamba of the Avenue Borges de Medeiros. The 10 days of parades by 10 samba schools celebrates the fond memories for the street Carnival in capital city. For the 2006 Carnaval the parades began on the Thursday before Christmas and featured
Imperadores do Samba; Império da Zona Norte;  Bambas da Orgia; in December. Imperatriz Dona Leopoldina; Filhos da Candinha; Estado Maior da Restinga; União da Vila do IAPI in January and Academia de Samba Praiana; Unidos de Vila Isabel; & finish with Império do Sol on the Friday before Carnival Friday
DownloadThere is a healthy pre-Carnaval season in Porto Alegre of enredo auditions,  Queen contests and Carnaval parties but a large proportion of the city does not participate. Follow the two official web sites to try to find it.
Carnaval Saturday 
Parade Special Category --Avenida Augusto de Carvalho 

Community carnival Bands on Ipanema Beach
where: Ipanema Beach
when: 18h (6pm) 

Kiddie Carnaval
Where: The Rua Jerusalém will be
between Rua Santa Izabel and Rua Alexandre Herculano,
When: between 17h to 23h (5pm to 11pm).

Carnaval Sunday
Parade Category B --Avenida Augusto de Carvalho 
Carnaval Monday
Parade Category A --Avenida Augusto de Carvalho 
Carnaval Tuesday

Parade Category of Access --Avenida Augusto de Carvalho 

Thursday after Carnaval
Champions Announced
Saturday after Carnaval
Parade of Champions --Avenida Augusto de Carvalho 

S.R.B.C. Os Comanches  & S.R.B.C. Os Guaianazes are in a special category all their own for what they do cannot be judges.

There are many other Carnaval events but they more likely to be discovered on flyers than web sites. Here's two we found when we last visited

Carnaval Sunday
Who: Academia de Samba Unidos da Vila Mapa
Where: Avenida Ipiranga  between the Rua Gonçalves Ledo and Rua La Plata, When: Midnight (0h)  until 5am of monday.
Carnaval Tuesday on Ilha da Pintada (Painted Island) where: Avenida Getúlio Vargas when: 17h or 5pm Perhaps a guest samba school like Escolas de Samba Unidos do Pôr-do-sol or União da Ilha will show


Realeza >Translate to English by google
Império do Sol >Translate to English by google

Gisele & Ronaldo Gaucho
DownloadInternational Supermodel Gisele Bunchen is also a local girl who has become a symbol of Brazil Carnaval. She is always one of the most photographed in the Rio Sambodromo although she does not dance in the parade.
Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen, (born July 20, 1980 in Três de Maio, near Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is a Brazilian supermodel and occasional actress. Gisele Bündchen is the daughter of Valdir and Vânia Bündchen, both of German descent, along with five sisters: Raquel, Graziela, Patricia, Gabriela and Rafaela. Patricia and Gisele are twins, but do not look the same.DownloadHer name is often linked with movie star Leonardo DiCaprio (Titantic). At the 2002 Salvador, Bahia Carnaval she hosted his mother and sisters. Her last breakup with him came Nov-2005.
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Ronaldo de Assis Moreira born March 21 1980 in Porto Alegre Brazil is a world famous footballer more commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho due to his citizenship in the Rio Grande do Sul region of Brazil. He has been known to return appear in the Porto Alegre Carnaval

History of Porto Alegre Carnaval
Porto Alegre carnival that emerged from the slum  "Areal da Baronesa", once a beach on the river and today where Praça Conego Marcelino is today located. It was populated by recently freed slaves. The surviving newspapers tell us the names of theDownload  Carnaval groups were  'Ases do Samba, Nós os Comandos, Seresteiros do Luar, Nós os Democratas, Viemos de Madureira. The neighborhood celebrated a Black Momo, and the first popular coretoes of quarter. Cordões are marching bands with dozens of people wearing the same costume.  At the end of the 19th century, two large carnival associations were born.

The Carnival in Porto Alegre first began as the entrudo brought by the Portuguese from the Azores. This street Carnival  is playful and exuberant although it as little aspirations beyond letting loose some steam.  Entrudo is a wild free for all of thrown objects and in Porto Alegre it featured smelly lemons: where a wax ball of the size of a lemon, filled with perfumed water and thrown at each other. Other objects included eggs and flour in "vitimas" This entrudo was also eventually prohibited. Another characteristic of the Carnival of Porto Alegre that has been largely lost is the Humorous Blocos with names  like Tô Com a Vela, Canela de Zebú Te Arremanga e Vem, Saimos sem querer, at one time they competed with the Rio de Janeiro style samba schools.  The Humorous Blocos were eliminated by the City hall in the year of 1970. It is felt the main reason was the dislike of the politicians for the Bloco's political satire. Another characteristic of Porto Alegre carnival that has disappeared are the Cordões or marching bands, which at one time numbered over 70.   Some of their names were Algumas  'DK,Saldanha Marinho, Medianeira, Por Causa de Quê, Areal da Baronesa, JB, Filhos da Candinha, Comigo Ninguem Pode, IAPI', etc. Some said the bands were an imported idea anyway, and many  transformed themselves into samba schools. Generally the Carnaval Groups until the 1950's only admitted men in its a certain half and when the women paraded were costumes were the feminine equivalent of the corresponding men's costume.

An exclusive characteristic of Porto Alegre carnival  is the ' Muambas" The ' Muambas collect money for the official parade at diverse points in the city, as well as the school pavilion  In 1977 they had became official which cost them sone if their spontaneity. Their memory is honored often by the Porto Alegre Carnaval. 
Adopted somewhat from which used  Segundo o livro "Fragmentos Historicos do carnaval de Porto Alegre"


After Ash Wednesday

9/MAR/2006 até 12/MAR/2006 - 9 a12 de março Uruguaiana
Two border cities combine to host an International Carnaval two weeks later. Paso de los Libres is in the Argentinian State of Corrientes which celebrates Carnaval with as much emotion as any in Brazil.
Local: Uruguaiana e Paso de Los Libres
Horário: 20h30 às 5h
Entidade Organizadora: LIESU Liga Independente de Escolas de Samba
Fone: (55) 3412-3803

Discover other smaller Carnavals in the State of Rio Grand do Sul by searching the event section at the official state visitor site

Sambodromo of the Gauchos
Berths or skyboxes are auctioned off with the funds raised being used for prizes of the winning schools. In 2006 the minimum bid was was R$ 500,00 and a total of  R$28.250,00 was raised for 30 berths.

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2005 Escola Special
Estado Maior da Restinga
Imperatriz Dona Leopoldina
Bambas da Orgia
Imperadores do Samba
Academia de Samba Praiana
União da vila do IAPI
Academia Samba Puro
2004 Escola Special
Bambas da Orgia
Imperadores do Samba
União da vila do IAPI
Academia Samba Puro
Imperatriz Dona Leopoldina
Academia de Samba Praiana
Império do Sol
2005 Escola A Grupo
Império da Zona Norte
Unidos da Vila Isabel
Império do Sol
Protegidos da Princesa Isabel
Fidalgos e Atristocratas
Real Academia de Samba
2004 Escola A Grupo
Estado Maio da Restinga
Fidalgos e Atristocratas
Real Academia de Samba
Protegidos da Princesa Isabel
Unidos da Vila Isabel
Acadêmicos de Gravataí
Porto Seco, na Zona Norte
Countless marching bands and Cordões (dozens of people wearing the same costume) descended into the streets to sing and dance during the four days of revelry.

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