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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!
42 backers pledged $3,733 to help bring this project to life.

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The 4th of July parade is the biggest EEDS event of the year, and an annual source of community pride in Chicagoland. Months of planning and preparation involves the entire EEDS community, including nearly every member of the school, the board of directors, family, friends, and local volunteers. 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 Brazilian music and dance to new audiences. 

Our goal in 2014 is to execute a full Rio-style samba parade, complete with several alas (wings) of dancers, percussionists, and volunteers, along with a themed float. Preparation for the parade starts in the winter; continues throughout the spring as we sketch out music, costume, and float choices; and is especially dedicated in May and June as we finalize decisions, purchase materials, and physically construct the float and costumes. This is is why we need your help to get ready for the parade! 

Nearly all parade elements are created by EEDS members and volunteers from scratch, including costumes, the float base and float elements, as well as decorative shirts and signs. With nearly one hundred people in the parade, EEDS members have to pool together their creative skills and work as a community. Kickstarter donations will go directly to parade materials such as 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, along with estimates of new expenses.

  Where Your Money Will Go 

  • Summer Session Scholarships - $320 
  • Costume Elements - $355 
  • Shirts/Hats for Bateria - $200 
  • Float Building Materials / Supplies - $1800 
  • Dance workshop - $200 
  • Teacher and Instructor Payroll - $500 
  • Power Generator - $100 
  • Water Bottles (for parading) - $50
  • Parade Entrance Fee - $75
  • Total: $3600 

Thank you so much for your help, and thank you 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. In addition, 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!

 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. Meaning literally "Evanston Samba School," Evanston Escola de Samba 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 through our many workshops, classes and residencies in the greater Chicago area, as well as annual events and concerts like the 4th of July Parade. 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 improve our float this year by making it out of sturdier materials, and 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 ($10) - 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) In addition to all of the above, donors at this level receive an EEDS car magnet to show your support on the road!

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    Passista / Dancer ($50) In addition to all of the above, donors at this level receive an embroidered EEDS Hat and an EEDS Logo Sticker!

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    Mestre Sala / Master of Ceremonies ($100) In addition to all of the above, donors at this level will receive an official green EEDS Logo Shirt!

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    Porta Bandeira / Flag-Bearer ($250) In addition to all of the above, donors receive an EEDS Hoodie and have an EEDS Drum named after them!

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    Carnavalesco / Carnival Director ($500) Contribute at this level and receive all of the above, in addition to 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, donors at this level will receive all of the above, in addition to a signed, framed, photograph of the entire group and a signed official EEDS performance tamborim!

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Funding period

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