Samba Schools, an Integral part of Rio's Carnival

Watch Each Samba School Proudly Dislay their Moves, Dances, Songs and Costumes.

Samba schools, consisting of numerous representatives of various local communities in the city, are an integral part of the Rio Carnival.

Children, teenagers, men and women, all of various social classes, ethnicities and backgrounds, come to bring their creative energy into the Samba Parade, and to contribute to the design of all elements necessary for the Rio Carnival.

They also take part in the composition of their own samba school song. Every school has their own groups of musicians, dancers and talented choreographers who unite their forces with costume and float designers to create a unique and memorable samba parade.

All samba schools are frenetically competing for the championship title, and the competing spirit is tremendous and strong. The Rio Carnival is an event unlike any other, full of excitement, thrilling emotions and competition among samba schools.

LIESA Ranking

The major initiator of the annual samba parade is the Independent League of Samba Schools of Rio De Janeiro (LIESA). The previous year’s Access or Gold Group champion launches the Special Group parade on Sunday, due to regulations. The second group in rating inaugurates the Samba Parade on Monday. The LIESA rankings are based on a 5 year period.

Order Samba School 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Total points
1st G.R.E.S. Portela 8 12 20 10 10 60
2th G.R.E.S. Estação Primeira de Mangueira 10º 1 20 10 8 20 59
3th G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Salgueiro 15 10 12 12 8 57
4th G.R.E.S. Beija-Flor de Nilópolis 20 8 6 20 11º 0 54
5th G.R.E.S. Mocidade Ind. de Padre Miguel 4 10º 1 20 6 6 37
6th G.R.E.S. Unidos da Tijuca 10 15 11º 0 4 4 33
7th G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio 12 4 8 12º 0 2 26
8th G.R.E.S. Imperatriz Leopoldinense 6 6 4 3 13º 0 19
9th G.R.E.S. Paraíso do Tuiuti - - - - 12º 0 15 3 18
9th G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel 11º 0 3 10º 1 2 12 18
10th G.R.E.S. Unidos de Viradouro 12º 0 - - - - - - 15 15
11th G.R.E.S. União da Ilha do Governador 2 11º 0 3 10º 1 10º 1 7
11th G.R.E.S. São Clemente 3 2 2 11º 0 12º 0 7
12th G.R.E.S. Imperio Serrano - - - - - - 13º 0 14º 0 0
12th G.R.E.S. Renascer de Jacarepaguá - - 12º 0 - - - - - - 0

Rio Carnival

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