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 2017 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, 24th February 2017.

This is the first in a series of Carnival parades held over the next four days at the Sambadrome. Saturday, february 25th 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 2017. Carnival parades by the elite group begin on Carnival Sunday, 26th 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, 27th February.

Above the table of Special Group, Access Group and Winner's Parades of 2017.

Special Group Parade - The parade of the parades.

Time February 26th (Sunday) February 27th (Monday)
22:00 Paraíso do Tuiuti União da Ilha
23:35 Grande Rio São Clemente
00:50 Imperatriz Mocidade
02:15 Vila Isabel Unidos da Tijuca
03:40 Salgueiro Portela
04:50 Beija-Flor Mangueira

Access Group or Gold Group 2017

TIME February 24th (Friday) February 25th (Saturday)
22:00 Acadêmicos do Sossego Acadêmicos da Rocinha
22:45 Alegria da Zona Sul Acadêmicos do Cubango
23:30 Unidos do Viradouro Inocentes de Belford Roxo
00:15 Império da Tijuca Império Serrano
01:00 União do Parque Curicica Unidos de Padre Miguel
01:45 Estácio de Sá Renascer de Jacarepaguá
02:30 Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz Unidos do Porto da Pedra

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

Time March 04th (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 09th, from 5 PM.