There were no floats? I didn’t notice!
Okay, it seems a large fire swept through Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival center this week, “destroying thousands of costumes and floats and throwing preparations for Brazil’s annual festival of hedonism into chaos.”
I know this is a serious thing. They work pretty hard all year long on that stuff, and Carnival starts in three weeks.
But COSTUMES? Really?
We have hundreds of photos a year from Brazil’s Carnival, and I can’t use most of them here because I don’t have enough of those expensive protective rectangles to cover the stuff that needs covering to protect my readers. Now suddenly we’re acting like the wardrobe from “Cats” went up in flames?
I’m trying to imagine the emotional conversations with the samba dancers this week.
“Oh, Nancy! I’m so sorry to tell you, but your Carnival costume was destroyed in the fire! You’re out of the parade.”
“Out? But I was supposed to dance stark naked, with just a peacock feather in my hair and a string of rhinestones hanging from my navel!”
“I know, Nancy! We could never duplicate such a detailed costume in time for Carnival!”
“Oh, please! Try! Can’t we just repair the string?”
You see what I mean? Does that sound like a disaster in the making?
You Carnival organizers need a reality check. I don’t care what kind of fancy floats and headdresses you lost in the fire, you don’t have a problem. Just call in the dancers and start the parade.
If you won’t take my word for it, I can round up more guys to back me up on this.
Top: People watch as smoke billows from a fire raging through warehouses of a samba school, where floats, costumes and props of the Rio Carnival are made and kept, in Samba City, Rio de Janeiro, February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Left: A Carnival reveler from the Sao Clemente samba school dances during the first night of parades by the top samba groups in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, February 3, 2008. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Right: A reveler parades for Tom Maior samba school during Carnival in Sao Paulo, February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker