If you had @gerardbutler standing next to you, would you ignore him? Not many hot-blooded females can say 'yes' This is what Carnivale made me do. This is the best demonstrated experience of how much of a visual feast Carnival is. It overloaded my senses and I couldn’t pull my eyes away, even for Gérard
Eight years ago, I headed to Brazil to live a dream of dancing down the Sambadrome. When we arrived, there was Gerard dressed in the Samba School training uniform. It turned out he was going to be guiding some of the school. Just happened to be situated next to us. We said hello to each other before we were all lost in the magic of Carnivale and he was enveloped by TV crews and cameras.
It's safe to say that our bright pink and blue outfits made my friends and I bear more of a resemblance to a weird cross of Barbie, Bananas in Pyjamas and Rumpelstiltskin on acid, rather than the sparkly, sexy ensembles I first expected. It was all kinds of amazing.
Our school, Unaio Da Ilha was leading the parade and the passion on everyone’s face and in their movements could be felt from the beat of the drums to the acrobats flipping on trampolines overhead on our school float. This sweaty wonderland was alive and you could feel every second of it, 3,500 people merging together at the entry. Soaking in the dancers running past waving bullfighting flags, fireworks exploding overhead, flamenco dancers, fans, castanets and bejewelled babes and books.
Our school’s theme - Don Quixote - the man of impossible dreams. Right then on that parade ground, I could never have seen the impossible direction my life was about to take and the dreams on the horizon.
It certainly did not imagine that I would end up in the same spot in 2017 trying on the outfits of Carnivale under the stadium for $5-$10. Whether you've been before or its your first time, it's a 100 per cent worth it. You can feel the life in the colour and the sequins. For me, a flood of memories came back as I put the icy blue outfit on. The flow, the joy, the living and also how much more freedom I feel in these moments now. The beat of everything Brazilian #carnivale . - 2 hours ago