Rio Carnival Parades

Learn About the Parades: Access League, Special Group and Champions

Carnival Parades

King Momo signals the start of Carnival parades throughout the city of Rio. The parading order for the 2018 Rio Carnival was decided by raffle at a ceremony organized by LIESA, the body that organizes Carnival parades. The opening act at the Sambadrome is the Access Group Parade that will commence at 10 pm on Carnival Friday, 09th February 2018.

This is the first in a series of Carnival parades held over the next four days at the Sambadrome. Saturday, february 10th is scheduled for the second day of Access Group competition where samba schools in the second league will put up a spectacular show in a bid to gain a slot in the Special Group in 2018. Carnival parades by the elite group begin on Carnival Sunday, 11th February with six schools in the Special Group performing bestadium.

The winner of the last year's Access Group will be the opening act which begins at 22:00 hrs. The next six samba schools in the Special Group follow on Carnival Monday, 12th February.

Above the table of Special Group, Access Group and Winner's Parades of 2018.

Special Group Parade - The parade of the parades.

Time February 11th (Sunday) February 12th (Monday)
21:15 Império Serrano Unidos da Tijuca
22:00 São Clemente Portela
23:25 Vila Isabel União da Ilha
00:30 Paraíso do Tuiuti Salgueiro
01:35 Grande Rio Imperatriz Leopoldinense
04:50 Mangueira Beija-Flor
03:45 Mocidade

Access Group 2018

TIME February 09th (Friday) February 10th (Saturday)
22:00 Unidos de Bangu Alegria da Zona Sul
22:45 Império da Tijuca Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz
23:30 Acadêmicos do Sossego Unidos do Viradouro
00:15 Unidos do Porto da Pedra Acadêmicos da Rocinha
01:00 Renascer de Jacarepaguá Acadêmicos do Cubango
01:45 Estácio de Sá Inocentes de Belford Roxo
02:30 Unidos de Padre Miguel

Winners' Parade - Champion and 5 runner-up from Special Group

Time February 17th (Saturday)
21:00 6th place
22:05 5th place
23:10 4th place
00:15 3rd place
01:20 Runnerup
02:25 Champion

Other Parades with lesser interest for the tourist

Children's Parade - 18 junior samba schools parade on Tuesday February 13th, from 5 PM.