Beija-Flor was the winning samba school in Rio’s Carnival parade in a fierce competition with runner-up Salgueiro.
Based in Nilópolis, a city just north of Rio de Janeiro in the state
region known as Baixada Fluminense, Beija-Flor paraded at the Sambadrome in the early hours of Tuesday (Feb. 17), with its traditional richness of detail in a parade about Equatorial Guinea.
The African country had several of its cultural symbols portrayed in the procession, including griots, old story tellers who kept the oral traditions of their people alive. European colonization and slavery were also part of the theme, and the procession closed showing the country’s cultural links with Brazil.
Translated by Mayra Borges