Members of a samba school work on a carnival float inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Members of a samba school work on a carnival float inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Carnival costumes (fantasias) seen inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival costumes (fantasias) seen inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A samba school member works on a carnival float inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A samba school member works on a carnival float inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A carnival float seen during the construction process inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A carnival float seen during the construction process inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A member of a samba school arranges carnival costumes (fantasias) inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A member of a samba school arranges carnival costumes (fantasias) inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A samba school sculptor works on a carnival statue inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A samba school sculptor works on a carnival statue inside the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A carnival float seen during the construction process on the work yard behind the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A carnival float seen during the construction process on the work yard behind the workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio Carnival workshops

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – February 2012

The carnival preparations start early in July or August, some 7-8 months before the main samba schools parade at the sambodrome. Samba schools hire teams of professional designers and artists who, according to the original theme selected by the school directors and then featured by the school during the parade, create allegorical floats, costumes, sculptures, music, choreography and the entire school show. However, the most of the everyday work in the carnival hangars is performed by unknown but fully dedicated samba schools members.

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