Samba Schools – The heart of the Rio Carnival

Samba Schools Make The Biggest Show of Carnival, The Samba Parade

The Rio Carnival wouldn't exist without the contribution of samba schools formed by groups of people from various communities in the city. Men, women, and children from each neighborhood come together irrespective of their social status to design and construct everything required for the Samba Parade, including composition of their individual samba theme song.

The heart of the Rio Carnival

Each school has its own set of dancers, musicians, and a team of choreographers who along with the costume designers and float builders create a unique performance for the Samba Parade. While the competitive spirit of each school remains strong, it does not lessen the camaraderie as each school vies for the championship title at the Sambadrome. Their enthusiasm at the Carnival is unmatched and rarely experienced at any other event on the planet.

LIESA Ranking

Independent League of Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro (LIESA) organizes the annual samba parade. According to its regulations, the winner of the previous year’s Access Group opens the Special Group parade on Sunday, while the group with the second lowest points opens Monday’s Samba parade. As per the LIESA rankings which is based on a 5 year period, at the end of the 2012 carnival, the top 3 schools were Beija Flor, Salgueiro and Unidos da Tijuca.

Order Samba School 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 TOTAL POINTS
Pos. Pt. Pos. Pt. Pos. Pos. Pos. Pt. Pos. Pt.
1st G.R.E.S. Unidos da Tijuca 20 12 20 10 15 77
2th G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Salgueiro 15 8 15 15 10 63
3th G.R.E.S. Beija-Flor de Nilópolis 10 15 4 20 8 57
4th G.R.E.S. Portela 6 4 12 8 12 42
5th G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel 12 20 10º 1 11º 0 3 36
6th G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos
do Grande Rio
8 6 6 12 4 36
7th G.R.E.S. Imperatriz Leopoldinense 10º 1 10 8 6 6 31
8th G.R.E.S. Estação Primeira
de Mangueira
4 3 3 10º 1 20 31
9th G.R.E.S. União da Ilha
do Governador
3 2 10 2 11º 0 17
10th G.R.E.S. Mocidade Ind.
de Padre Miguel
2 11º 0 2 4 10º 1 9
11th G.R.E.S. São Clemente 11º 0 10º 1 11º 0 3 2 6
12th G.R.E.S. Estácio de Sá - - - - - - - - 12º 0 0
13th G.R.E.S. Unidos do Porto da Pedra 12º 0 - - - - - - - - 0
14th G.R.E.S. Unidos do Viradouro - - - 0 - - 12º 0 - - 0
15th G.R.E.S. Renascer de Jacarepaguá 13º 0 - 0 - - - - - - 0
16th G.R.E.S. Inocentes de
Belford Roxo
- - 12º 0 - - - - - - 0
17th G.R.E.S.E Império da Tijuca - - - - 12º 0 - - - - 0

 

 

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