Samba Parade

Rio Carnival

The’ Greatest Show on Earth’ starts the celebrations on February 24th 2017 and ends on February 28th, Ash Wednesday.

The Carnival season is a celebration of joy, peace, and camaraderie. To experience the intensity of Rio Carnival there is nothing like booking a ticket to the Sambadrome and other popular events. Be prepared to be part of the frenzied celebrations that reaches its crescendo during the Winners Parade at the Sambadrome.

Okay, Here you will find summarized information on the 2017 Rio Carnival celebration. Feel free to jump ahead on this page or click on the yellow menu on your left to get detailed information about any Rio Carnival aspects that interests you.

The Samba Parade at the Sambadrome

Winners Parade

All attention is focused on the parades of the samba schools in the Sambadrome during carnival period. Every year, they begin with the Access Group Show, followed by the presentations of the Special Group and Parade of Samba Schools Mirins. Each samba school is a unique show with different sambas-plots.

Samba Schools in the Access Group

Once the King Momo kicks off Rio Carnival, the Access Group, or Golden Group, the parade starts on Friday and continues on Saturday. Twelve schools dispute the top positions and a place in the Special Group in the competition the following year. The shows begin at 10:00 PM and continue until the next morning. Although these schools do not have the same budget of the Special Group schools, they have a huge number of fans and are so meticulous and exquisite in their parades as those

Check the order of the Access Group

Samba Schools in the Special Group

Sunday and Monday are the event highlights the Special Group performing the grand spectacle that is watched by millions around the world. Six of the best samba schools parade on Sunday, while the other six in the second parade of Carnival for champion title. Tickets for these events are sold in advance. This is the time to watch the best of famous samba schools like Salgueiro, Mangueira, Portela, Youth and others.

Check the order of the Special Group

Winners Parade

The Special Group Schools, only one can have the title of champion. When the results are announced on Wednesday Ash, the best six schools have one more chance to reaffirm their positions with a final performance at the Sambadrome on Saturday. The lack of pressure and competition does not diminish the energy produced in this special night. For many, this is the way to say goodbye.

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