Embaixadores da Alegria Samba School for Disabled

By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Embaixadores da Alegria, meaning “Ambassadors of Joy,” is the first samba school in the world solely designed for, and catering to people with disabilities. The idea was founded in 2006 by Paul Davies, Caio Leitao and Felipe Nogueira and born after an unfortunate accident suffered by Davies which forced him to pull out of the Champions Parade at Rio’s annual Carnival.

Davies recounts, “While lying in bed in pain I thought how difficult it was for the disabled to be in a samba school and that there was no space . . .

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