Since 1992, Coburg has been Europe's samba capital city.
Always on the second weekend in July, time-honored Coburg transforms itself into the secret capital city of samba and thousands of drummers, dancers, singers and musicians put the "Franconian Crown" into a genuine rhythmic craze.
It starts on Friday around 7.00pm at Marktplatz and at Schlossplatz. After 11.00pm, the competition for the "Pitu Rainha da Bateria", the best samba dancer of the festival, takes place in the 'Dreifachturnhalle am Anger' gymnasium, and this session goes on into the morning.
On Saturday, as of 10.00am it's non-stop samba in the city centre. Almost all of the more than 80 groups play past midnight taking turns on the 9 stages. After about 11.00pm, the samba night intensifies in the Dreifachturnhalle gymnasium with samba, capoeira (Brazilian folk dance) and power percussion.
Sunday begins at 10.30am and is somewhat quieter with an open air samba church service at Marktplatz. Then groups heat up the atmosphere on the main stages for the samba parade. The parade begins at 2.00pm and goes across both main stages, so that no-one misses anything. The big samba parade goes right through the middle of the city centre and is broadcast live by Bavarian television!
The parade route: Ketschentor - Albertsplatz - Rosengasse - Marktplatz - Herrengasse - Grafengasse - Theaterplatz - Schlossplatz - Wettiner facility.
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