Carnavalescos, the samba school designers, have already tried
all color combinations and patterns you can imagine, and then
some! Mandatory alas include ala das baianas with at least 100 women (men are not allowed). Abre-alas
is the first wing, limited to 15 members or less. Velha Guarda
is composed of guests only, and being part of it is a great honor.
Only senior members who have had some relevant role in the history
of the school are invited. Men come dressed in the traditional
malandro suit, panama hat included.