Cinco de Mayo is a grand event that held every year on May 5. In the beginning, it was celebrated only in the Mexican state of Puebla, then in large Spanish areas of the USA. Over the last few years though, the event started to take place in Brazil and other parts of South America.
Maybe it was luck that this year I decided to visit Rio at the start of May. I have to say lucky because I have never been witness to a festival like this before. After arriving in Rio, I was in a mood to visit as many places as I can. Events, bars, festivals; everything that Rio has to offer.
The first step that I took in order to have fun, was to inquire among the local people about what was happening in the district. I was surprised that almost everyone recommended that I visit the event called Cinco de Mayo, and the performance of the Steam Powered Giraffe band. I did some research and I was a little skeptical after finding out that they are part of the Steampunk subculture. I wasn’t really familiar with it, but I decided to take a risk and go to their performance.
I am not usually a fan of that kind of music, but their interpretation and act was awesome. They were dressed in Steampunk costumes and acting like robots during what could only be described as a pantomime performance. Hydraulics hissed and motors started up as three robots came onto the stage and started moving in a mechanical style. After the music started to play, the band began to belt out a three part harmony. The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe were like nothing I’ve ever seen. They started with malfunctioning jokes and after just a few moments, it was clear that this was a one-of-a-kind performance, and they are more than just a band.
Their Steampunk costumes were so realistic, and combined with all of their synchronized movements, they took my breath away. They were all wearing hats and their faces were colorfully painted to match the masks that they wore. I have to say that this kind of performance was so unique, I will remember it fondly for a very long time.
After the band finished, most of us spilled out of the club and onto the streets of Rio for an impromptu street party. We danced and laughed until the very early hours of the morning. I can’t say that I have had a more memorable night in my life.