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Help us to bring a little bit of Brazil to Chicago, by funding the Evanston Escola de Samba’s community and volunteer-driven parade!
Help us to bring a little bit of Brazil to Chicago, by funding the Evanston Escola de Samba’s community and volunteer-driven parade!
19 backers pledged $2,345 to help bring this project to life.

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2015 Evanston Escola de Samba 4th of July Parade

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Help us to bring a little bit of Brazil to Chicago, by funding the Evanston Escola de Samba’s (EEDS) annual community and volunteer-driven 4th of July parade. 

How you can help us! 

The 4th of July parade is the major EEDS event of the year, and involves the most planning and preparation, involving almost every member of the school, plus a dedicated group of family, friends and volunteers. Thanks to all of our generous and wonderful Kickstarter donors in 2014, we were able to put on our best 4th of July Parade yet! We have also made strides in the past year, including being voted the Best Cultural Organization in the US by the Brazilian International Press, an award we were honored to accept in person on May 9th in Ft. Lauderdale. 

The whole EEDS community comes together for this 4th of July parade, and everyone looks forward to it all year. It is also a unique undertaking - there is no other parade like this in Chicago. We are dedicated to bringing the spirit of samba to Chicago, and the 4th of July parade is the perfect venue to introduce samba to a new audience. The goal is to execute a Rio-style samba parade, complete with several alas (wings) of dancers and percussionists. For the parade, we also bring together other Brazilian cultural groups in Chicago including Capoeira and other percussion groups. Nearly all parade elements are created by EEDS members and volunteers by hand including: costumes, props, float elements, shirts and signs. 

In helping to create this event, members of EEDS have to pool together their creative skills and work as a community. Kickstarter donations would go toward parade materials such as the float structure and decorations, costumes for the dancers and percussionists, payment for the teachers, as well as scholarships for members who can’t afford full-priced summer-session classes. We have a complete budget of parade expenses below, based on the costs our previous Carnaval parades. 

Where Your Money Will Go:

  • Summer Session Scholarships - 200 
  • Costume Elements - 225 
  • Shirts/Hats for Bateria - 300 
  • Float Building Materials / Supplies - 1000 
  • Teacher and Float Driver Payroll - 500 
  • Entrance Fee - 75 
  • Total: $2300 
Thank you so much for your help, and for considering this project, we couldn’t do it without you!

Other Ways to Support the Parade

If you are a business that would like to become a sponsor, or to provide in-kind donations, please contact us at evanstonsamba@gmail.com If you would like to volunteer or become part of the school, please e-mail us as well, we’d love for you to join!
Readying the float
Readying the float

About EEDS: 

Founded in 2003, the Evanston Escola de Samba (EEDS) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to teach, perform, and promote Brazilian music and dance as a vehicle for arts education and community engagement in Chicagoland. Evanston Escola de Samba literally means “Evanston Samba School,” and the idea for EEDS was inspired by the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro, which gather large groups of percussionists, dancers and singers from all backgrounds to parade during the Brazilian Carnaval each year. 

Based on this framework, EEDS fulfills its mission while building bridges across ethnic, generational, and social groups. All ages and levels are welcome to participate in EEDS. EEDS offers workshops, classes and residencies in the greater Chicago area as well as events and concerts. Everyone is welcome! For more information visit our website: http://evanstonescola.org or email us at evanstonsamba@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

Our main risk and challenge is potentially inclement weather on the 4th of July (this is Chicago, after all). With your support, we hope to construct our float out of durable materials, relying less on materials that can be damaged by rain, such as paper.

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    Amigo / Friend ($5) - We couldn’t do it without you! At this level, you’ll get a shout-out on our website Wall of Supporters!

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    Fã / Fan ($15) - In addition to a shout-out, donors at this level will receive access to a special gallery featuring behind-the-scenes photos of float construction, preparation, and outtakes so you can see how your donation has helped us!

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    Bateria / Drummer ($25) Donors at this level receive an Orquestra de Samba CD, full of choro classics!

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    Passista / Dancer ($50) Donors at this level will receive a vintage EEDS T-Shirt - have a little piece of EEDS history!

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    Mestre Sala / Master of Ceremonies ($100) Donors at this level will receive a free EEDS percussion class - join in on the fun!

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    Porta Bandeira / Flag-Bearer ($250) Receive a hand-painted EEDS green agogo!

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    Carnavalesco / Carnival Director ($500) Contribute at this level and receive a customized position of honor and title within the 4th of July Parade. Be king or queen for a day!

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    Presidente / President ($1000) To show our gratitude, you will receive a signed, framed, photograph of the group and a signed official EEDS performance tamborim.

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Funding period

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