First of all, it’s helpful to know that Beija-Flor means humming bird in Portuguese, which is the Samba School symbol. The Beija-Flor Samba School is one of the most professional schools in Rio de Janeiro.
Beija-Flor Samba school usually scores very high in the rankings during Rio Carnival Parades and is a huge crowd favorite during the samba parades, especially for its richness. Beija-flor gets all the attention when it enters the street stage of the sambadrome, in an impressive ocean of colorful costumes and millions of natural feathers sure to attract the attention of Cariocas and tourists a like.
Colors: Blue and White
Drummers’ Queen: Raíssa Oliveira
President: Farid Abrahão David
Carnavalesco: Comissão de Carnaval
The winner of the 2011 Carnival, Beija-Flor is vying to win their second championship in a row, in 2011 they amazed the crowds with their beautiful parade paying homage to the famous Brazilian musician, Roberto Carlos.
Beija Flor’s theme for the 2012 Carnival Parade will be Maranhao’s 400 years and the city of Sao Luis, through a mystic view, not leaving the history and its rich culture. The blue and white school of Nilopolis is working hard to establish a great connection with all spectators and put up yet another luxurious parade.
Group: Special Group - Day 1, 26 FEB
Theme – Enredo: “A Virgem dos Lábios de Mel – Iracema”
Parading Date and Time: 03:25 AM
History of Beija-Flor
Beija-Flor came into existence December 25, 1948. It is the only samba school from the Nilopolis District. It was founded by a group of locals and named after the Beija-Flor ranch that was in the neighborhood. Without any funding they found some cod barrels and leather from the local butcher to make the first samba drums. The school took part in their first carnival samba parade in 1954 as part of the Second Group. There were promoted to the First Group in 1963 and again in 1974. They were also crowned absolute Rio Carnival champion of the yearly competition is 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983 and 1998. In 2001 this school was second place with high honors at Rio Carnival official competition. It later went on to win in both 2003 and 2004.
Beija-Flor is known for its controversial stories or anthologies called “plots” amongst the Samba schools. One of the first plots to win in 1975 was The Secret of Kin Salomon’s Mines. The next plot to win for Beija-Flor was To Dream with a King is the Lion. This plot centered on a Brazilian numbers game that was used to help fund the carnival Samba schools. They won again in 1978 with the theme “The Creation of the World in the Nago Tradition” and again in 1980 with “The Midnight Sun and a Trip to Wonderland”. In 1998 Beija-Flor winning theme was “Para, The Mystical World of the Caruanas in the Waters of the Patu-Anu”.
With blue and white as their colors and the hummingbird as their symbol, Beija-Flor is force to be reckoned with during the Carnival competition. With over 3,800 members, Beija-Flor are known for their controversial themes and outrageous costumes. The Beija-Flor school is one of the most anticipated displays at Carnival.
Enredo: "A VIRGEM DOS LÁBIOS DE MEL – IRACEMA"
Compositores: Claudemir, Maurição, Ronaldo Barcellos, Bruno Ribas, Fábio Alemão, Wilson Tatá, Alan Vinicius e Betinho Santos
Araquem bateu no chão
a aldeia toda estremeceu
o ódio de irapuã
quando a virgem de tupã se encantou com o europeu
nessa casa de cabloco hoje é dia de ajucá
duas tribos em conflito
de um romance tão bonito começou meu ceará
Pega no amerê, areté, anama
pega no amerê, areté, anama
Bem no coração dessa nossa terra
a menina moça e o homem de guerra
ele sente a flecha, ela acerta o alvo
índia na floresta, branco apaixonado
vem pra minha aldeia, beija-flor
tabajara, pitiguara bate forte o tambor
um chamado de guerra, minha tribo chegou
reclamando a pureza da pele vermelha
no ventre bate o coração de moacir
o milagre da vida, me faz um mameluco na sapucaí
oh linda iracema morreu de saudade
mulher brasileira de tanta coragem
um raio de sol a luz do meu dia
iluminada nessa minha fantasia
A jandaia cantou no alto da palmeira
no nome de iracema
lábio de mel, riso mais doce que o jati
linda demais cunhã-porã iterei
vou cantar jureme, jureme, jureme
vou cantar jurema, jurema
uma história de amor, meu amor
é o carnaval da beija-flor
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