S is for… Sambódromo

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The Sambódromo Marquês de Sapucaí (Sambadrome in English) is a near-1km-long street converted into a permanent carnival parade ground in Rio. Including grandstands on either side with a capacity of over 90,000, the Sambódromo was designed by Brazil’s pre-eminent architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1984 and underwent a considerable face-lift to get it ready to host the archery and marathon events during the games.

Outside of carnival, the venue has also hosted live concerts from Coldplay to Whitney Houston, Avril Lavigne to Nirvana, Eric Clapton to the Rolling Stones, but its real sound is samba, the music of the Mardi Gras. Expect the samba schools to start practicing sometime in December at the Sambadrome for next year’s event.

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Illustration by Audrey Manlot (Instagram:@a.mamlok, Tumblr:mamlok.tumblr.com)

 

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