As I Climb Into Bed
I am saddened by the lack of quality and passion seen in the "Monday of carnival" by Rio's escolas de samba.
Usually the camarotes, the high-priced private balconies inside Sambodromo, are full hours ahead of time. But this time, you could see gaping holes where obviously nobody had shown up (or had not been able to afford to rent them). On the other side, in the bleachers section, the crowd looked like they had been double-ticketed, they were so packed. That tells me that the recession has well and truly arrived even in the most anticipated touristic event in Brazil's calender.
So far, only Salgueiro have what I consider to be an outstanding overall presentation.
Comically, Ronaldinho Gaucho and Pato of AC Milan called up the Globo presenters to say they were gathered with a group of carnival aficionados in Milan, even at that late hour. They called in specifically to say they were impressed by Salgueiro's band.
I'll post some photos for you to see -- though as Sundries readers know, the photos of the carnival always look fantastic. It's the narration that people like me provide, that separates the mediocre from the outstanding.
Unfortunately, I will have to shuck the chaff from the wheat this year.
It's late, there are still two escolas left to go at 4:30 AM EST, so please forgive me if I am not on time on Tuesday.