Yesterday, on the last night of the Rio Carnaval parade, the Samba school União Da Ilha provided plenty of amusement with its UK themed parade. The build-up explained that the idea was to celebrate the Olympics being held in London this year and then being passed to Rio for 2016. As such there was much excitement in our household about which British stereotypes would be wheeled out – even the family dog couldn’t contain himself or at least that was my interpretation of the big poo he did on the kitchen floor five minutes before it started (some might say that was a bad omen).
Personally, I was hoping that they would go topical and depict a load of kids of kids in hoods burning police cars and looting shops. Unfortunately, União Da Ilha did not share my vision. Nevertheless they did not disappoint as they provided an 80 minute short course in the history and mythology of the UK – all presented in the form of Samba dance and music. So British!
First, of course there was the Queen. What else?
This was followed by different sections and floats depicting various historical figures and themes. There was Boudica and the Celts:
I bet you’ve never seen her depicted like that before eh? This was followed by sections on King Arthur, Merlin, St George, Robin Hood, Sir Francis Drake & Elizabeth I, The British Empire and so forth.
However, my favourite moments were the ones we had all waited for. The stereotypes and the ‘Brazilification’ of the UK. So, Black cabs? Tick.
Sexy Horse Gaurds parade? Tick.
5 O’Clock tea? Tick.
There was even space for some of our favourite celebrities.
But my favourite, and this really did make my night, was the finale which included a football theme. Beckham, Ronaldo, Pele were amongst the many legends included….and this little gem.
So all in all pretty impressive. Given that the parades can become quite samey once you have seen or two of the schools União Da Ilha certainly managed to entertain- despite the lack of looting.