The suggestion is that both Carnival days—Monday and Tuesday—be utilised for the judging of bands. The bandleaders, using a lottery system, would draw for the day on which they would cross the Savannah stage and for their positions in the parade. No band would be permitted to cross the stage on both Carnival days. I agree with this idea.
May I further suggest that the first four top bands in the Band of the Year competition of the previous year be separated so that they do not parade across the stage on the same day. For example, the top band and the third runner-up of the previous Carnival would be permitted to parade on one day while the first runner-up and the second runner-up would parade on the other day.
These suggestions would not only alleviate the congestion; they would provide the opportunity for spectators to enjoy “pretty mas” on both Carnival Monday and on Carnival Tuesday, and at the same time ease the inconvenience, disappointment and stress of masqueraders who up to Carnival 2012 were required to leave their homes very early in the morning and wait for many hours to enter the Savannah. The plan would give bandleaders the opportunity to see other competing bands.
In addition, spectators would have the opportunity to see more mas including all the big bands over the two-day period and they would patronise the facilities provided at the Savannah and elsewhere on both days and not only on Carnival. Tuesday.
Consideration may be given to limiting the size of the big bands and the time a band is permitted on stage.
To those persons who may be interested in this subject I suggest a visit to the Rio carnival website for more information on Rio carnival and on how the samba schools are expected to manage their respective presentations.
Pay special attention to the times allocated to the respective samba schools.