Parade clarifications

Clarification of samba school themes for HSC2019:


G.R.E.S Samba Tropical Seinäjoki

77 participants

Symbol: Tropical snake, ornamental brass belt and caixa drum

Colors of the school: green, orange and gold


Hooray for rainforests!

In 2019, Samba Tropical’s enredo pays homage to tropical rainforests. Our colors represent the lush colors of the tropical flora and fauna, and just like rainforests, our samba school can be characterized by diversity, originality and continuous growth & development. Brazil is famous for its rainforests, and it is the birthplace of our joyous samba rhythms as well.

Humans are destroying the partially uncharted natural beauty of the rainforests with their greed and ignorance. We are trying to bring to light this issue: the value, the threats and future of rainforests. We are fighting the destruction with power of knowledge and our own example: Our parade utilizes recycled materials wherever possible.

Order of procession

  1. Comissão de Frente – Commission of front: Diverse fauna
  2. Mestre Sala & Porta Bandeira – Flag bearer and Court Master: Living in harmony
  3. Mestre Sala & Porta Bandeira Mirim – Child Flag bearer and Court Master
  4. Destaque: Delicate butterfly – Fragility of the rainforest
  5. Abre alas –1st float  Lavastevaunu: Hooray for rainforests!
  6. Destaque de Chão- Street destaque: Poacher
  7. Ala das Baianas: Logging
  8. Ala das Passistas – Solo dancers & 9. Ala da Bateria – Drum section: Forest fire
  9. Puxadores – Singers and PA system
  10. Destaque de Chão- Street destaque: Its time to act!
  11. Ala: Activists
  12. Ala das Crianças – Children: Hope for the future


G.R.E.S Samba el Gambo, Kokkola

70 participants

Symbol of the school: Flaming surdo

Colors of the school: red, gold, black



Samba and circuses –

Gambo timetravels through history of entertainment  


Gambo’s theme this year presents the history of circus and entertainment in general from ancient to modern times. The parade explores the motivation behind, significance and organisers of entertainment, and how it is portrayed today.  

Ancient Roman emperors ensured their subjects’ contentment by organising entertaining spectacles for millions of Romans: Panem et circenses – bread and circuses.

In 19th century, travelling circuses – often initially small family troupes – grew into exotic international entertainment machines, which included animals, acrobatics, clowns and powerlifters. They provided people a rare chance to experience something truly unique and be amazed at the skills of the various performers.

In modern times, circus has evolved yet again, as information and entertainment is easily accessible at everyone’s fingertips via the internet. Anyone can also be an entertainer via social media, and today “media circus” is more common than a traditional circus. Even so, entertainment is a huge and powerful business, with a diverse network of influential players and loads of money involved.

Throughout time, entertainment has developed from a rare spectacle into an everyday commodity, which is consumed at an ever-increasing rate. Join Samba el Gambo for an entertaining journey through the times!


Order of Procession

I: Ancient Times


  • Comissão de Frente – Commission of Front: Lions and gladiators
  • Abre-ala – 1st float: Emperor’s Box
  • Porta Bandeira & Mestre Sala –  Flag Bearer & Court Master: Bread and the baker



II: Golden Age of Circus


  • Destaques de Chão – Street destaques: Elephant
  • Ala das Jovens – Youth group: Circus tent  
  • Ala das Crianças – Kids group: Powerlifters
  • Ala das Passistas – Solo dancers: Clowns
  • Ala da Bateria – Drum section: Circus director and horses



PA system does not portray the story


III: Modern Media circus


  • Ala das Baianas: Money and influence
  • Ala: Electronic circuits
  • Destaque de chão – Street destaque: Paparazzi of your own life
  • Carro Alegórico – 2nd float: Sensational headlines and a marionette doll


G.R.E.S. Império do Papagaio, Helsinki

240 participants

Symbol: Parrot

Colors: Red, green and yellow/gold




Papagaio is celebrating its 30th anniversary with enredo exploring time and humans relationship to it. Time is one of the  great mysteries of universe, it affects us all constantly, but it is very difficult to define. When did it begin? Where does it take us? Will there be more of it, will it ever end?


Time is constant but sometimes it feels like it stays still, and sometimes it flies by. Humans have always strived to measure time  – with calendars and watches. Ancient Greeks described three separate definitions of time – Khronos (continuum from past to future), Aion (eternal cycle of life), and Kairos (perfect divine moment).  The three versions melt together into universal time, which defines our lives. Tempo is African traditional understanding of time visualized through human generations.


The infinity of time is captivating, but also confusing. Humans have always tried to control time, but have only managed to measure it, simultaneously unwillingly causing themselves stress with goals for increased effectiveness. No matter how closely we measure time, we can not produce or buy more of it.  It is the one thing that everyone in the world has an equal share of – everyone has 24 h in a day. How do you spend yours?


It is impossible to stop time, there is only this moment: future is not here yet, past we can not return to. Or maybe time is a continuous loop, maybe we could go back in time? No matter, the travel is more important than the destination, and change is the only constant in this uncertain world.


Some things stand time better than others, by evolving together with passing times. Papagaio has fared well, time has been kind to us!  


Order of Procession


  1. Comissão de Frente – Commission of Front: Golden Age

Destaque: Kronos


  1. Porta-Bandeira &  Mestre-Sala – Flag Bearer &, Court Master: The sun and the moon
  2. Guardiãs da Bandeira – Guardians of the Flag: Day and night
  3. Abre-alas – 1st float: Aion – eternal cycle of time
  4. Ala das Baianas: Tempo
  5. Destaques de Chão – Street destaques: Wheel of time
  6. Ala 1: Slaves to a clock


  1. Passistas- solo dancers: Haste
  2. Bateria – Drum section: Modern times
  3. PA -system
  4. Destaque: Fountain of youth
  5. Ala: Eternal youth
  6. Destaque: Spirit of the times
  7. Ala das Crianças & Jovens – Kids and youth group: Fortune tellers
  8.  Porta-Bandeira & Mestre-Sala  – Flag Bearer & Court Master: Einstein and time-space continuum
  9. Ala: Time travellers
  10. Destaque: Metamorphosis
  11. Velha Guarda: Memories are golden
  12. Alegoria – 2nd float: Papagaio time machine


G.R.E.S União da Roseira, Tampere

120 participants

Symbol of the school: Rose

Colors of the school: pink, white and silver




Plastic phenomenon – good, bad plastic

Rivers full of plastic, gigantic garbage patches in the oceans, beaches of paradise islands littered with plastic garbage and bottles  – we have all seen tons of these images in the media. In addition to visible garbage, the issue of microplastics is very concerning, as microplastics enter our bodies through our food, and even the air we breathe. Bad plastic  – i.e. single use plastic – issue is an overwhelming problem now.

However, plastic still plays an important role in our everyday lives: we regularly use plastic products such as eyeglasses, toothbrushes, coffee makers, bicycles, cars, phones, computers, shoes, and even many clothes made of plastic. Plastic is important even in our samba schools – our costumes and instruments also contain a lot of plastic.

This year, Roseira wants the parade spectators to experience not just  the bad side of plastic, but also show the importance of the good it can bring to us, and highlight  solutions for responsible plastic use. The problem is not really the plastic in itself, but rather irresponsible use and non-sustainable life-cycle of it.

Plastic phenomenon is complex, and offers multiple perspectives. Just by being well informed and paying attention to our consumption and choices we are already making a difference for better environment and for our own health. We are all responsible for our “plastic future”, and also have a lot of power as consumers to shape it for the better. Please use your power and make responsible choices when shopping, refill your water bottles from the tap,  wear natural wool instead of fleece, build inlets for crude filtering storm waters – all these are steps to the right direction. But most importantly, remember to separate your trash for recycling!

Order of Procession


  1. Comissão de Frente – Commission of Front: Plastic hysteria
  2. Porta-Bandeira,  Mestre-Sala & Guardiãs da Bandeira – Flag Bearer, Court Master  and Guardians of the Flag: Bad Bad Plastic – The Main Villain and  hench(wo)men



  1. Abre-alas – 1st float: Garbage patch of the ocean

Main destaque: Seagull
Destaque: Sandy beach

Destaques: Surf
Children : Sea turtles

  1. Ala das Crianças  – 1st kids group and  parent&child group: Sea animals entangled in plastic
  2. Destaque de Chão – Street destaque:  Source of microplastics – unnecessary knicknacks
  3. Ala das Baianas: Microplastics



  1. Ala das Passistas  – Solo dancers &
    8. Ala da Bateria – Drum section: Plastic doll figurines
  2. Puxadores  – Singers and PA system


  1. Destaque de Chão- Street destaque: Superhero  of Safety
  2. Ala: The Saving Angels
  3. Destaque de Chão – Street destaque: Bearer of Energy



  1. Alegoria – 2nd float: Bottle recycling

Main destaque: Bottled water

Main destaque: Reusable plastic bottle with deposit

  1. Destaques de Chão – Street destaques: Plastic wrapping



  1. Ala das Crianças – 2nd kids group: Plastic eating bacteria
  2. Porta-Bandeira and Mestre-Sala Mirim  – Junior Flag Bearer and Court Master
  3. Ala dos Jovens – Youth group: Options for our future

N.B! All costumes in the parade include repurposed plastic trash. After the parade, the trash portions  will be sorted and recycled as appropriate.


G.R.E.S. Samba Carioca, Turku

120 participants

Symbol of the school: Swan

Colors of the school: Blue and white


Artificial Intelligence – Looking into a Machine, Seeing a Human


How to define humanity? Can a machine have free will? Where does the machine start and the human end? Carioca’s enredo 2019 metaphorically looks into a mirror. We humans have built artificial intelligence as images of ourselves, so in it we see the reflections of our own thoughts and prejudices. The enredo explores humanity through functions of artificial intelligence – are humans and machines each others’ opposites, or does AI actually reflect humanity like a mirror?


Our parade utilizes a lot of mirrors and reflective surface, in particularly pieces of old CDs. Fantasias and floats have been decorated with a total of 3.768 CDs and DVDs. Adding together all the data they contained, we reach at minimum 2.483,79 GB. Our parade will dance through the Esplanadi for about 30 minutes, so in theory the data transmission capacity of our parade is 1,38 gigabytes per second, i.e. 11,03 Gb/s. This would be enough capacity  to provide a high speed internet access for about 100 people, i.e. to all our parade participants!


  • Comissão de Frente – Commission of Front: Machine is a human’s mirror




  • Abre ala – 1st float: Turing experiment


 Destaques: Pixels, Test subject, Professor, Neural connections, Inequality and condemnation



  • Destaque de Chão – Street destaque: Mother Machine


     Ala das Crianças pequeñas  – small kids group: Baby Machines



  • Destaque de Chão – Street destaque: Big data being collected into a cloud server




  • Ala: Swarm intelligence and optimization




  • Porta-Bandeira & Mestre-Sala – Flag Bearer & Court Master: Harmony between humans and machines




  • Passistas – Solo dancers: Free will (Marionettes with their strings cut)




  • Bateria – Drum section: Language and communication (Binary language)




  • Destaque de Chão – Street destaque: Ada Lovelace, Mother of programming


Ala das Crianças   – kids group: Bots of Ada



  • Destaque de Chão – Street destaque: Virus




  • Ala: Firewall




  • Alegoria – 2nd float: Human-like machines, machine-like humans


Destaques: Robot A x2, Robot B x2, Infinity of humanity



  • Ala das Baianas: Feelings




  • Ala: Love