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Rio Carnival Parades 2009 – Samba Schools, Dates and Locations of Parades

The world famous parades of the Rio are a mix of samba dance, samba drums, songs, costumes, spectacular floats and special effects.There are 72 samba schools in Rio and they all parade during the 4 days of carnival from Saturday 21st to Tuesday 24th Feb, 2009. They are all listed below, with the dates they parade and where you can find them. The samba schools are organised into competitive leagues. The samba school parades will take place in 2 locations, the Marquês de Sapucaí (AKA the Avenida, the Sambódromo, the Passarela) in the centre of town, and Estrada Intendente Magalhães in the outer suburbs.

The top group, and the most breathtaking, is Grupo Especial, with the biggest schools, the most amazing costumes, the most expensive tickets, and around 5000 people in each samba school. Grupo A is also in the sambodromo, and has some very elaborate parades, though tickets are cheaper. You can buy tickets for these parades in advance online, or from tourist agencies in Rio up to the day of the parades. Grupo RJ1 (ex Grupo B) is in the sambodromo too, entrance is free, but the schools have much less money to spend on being spectacular.

The rest of the leagues also parade over carnival weekend. Their parades are much smaller, attendance is free, and they take place a long way out of town, at Estrada Intendente Magalhaes. The further down the list, the smaller the schools. Grupo RJ4 has around 800 participants in each samba school.

As well as the formal samba school parades, there are informal and free parades of blocos (street carnival groups) all over town, especially in the Rio Branco and in Copacabana and Ipenima. Some blocos are Silencil several times larger than the biggest samba schools and everyone can join in, rather than just watching. The blocos generally have samba drum bands and songs and bloco t-shirts, but the costumes are informal – you’ll see people in varying degrees of fancy dress rather than an organised specatacular parade.

GRUPO ESPECIAL – Sun 22nd Feb – PASSARELA DO SAMBA 1 Império Serrano 2 Acadêmicos Do Grande Rio 3 Unidos De Vila Isabel 4 Mocidade Independente De Padre Miguel 5 Beija-Flor De Nilópolis 6 Unidos Da Tijuca

GRUPO ESPECIAL – Monday 23rd Feb – PASSARELA DO SAMBA 1 Unidos Do Porto Da Pedra 2 Acadêmicos Do Salgueiro 3 Imperatriz Leopoldinense 4 Portela 5 Estação Primeira De Mangueira 6 Unidos Do Viradouro

GRUPO A – Saturday 21st Feb – PASSARELA DO SAMBA

1 São Clemente 2 Estácio De Sá 3 Inocentes De Belford Roxo 4 Paraíso Do Tuiuti 5 Império Da Tijuca 6 União Da Ilha Do Governador 7 Acadêmicos Da Rocinha 8 Renascer De Jacarepaguá 9 Acadêmicos De Santa Cruz 10 Caprichosos De Pilares

GRUPO RJ/1 (was grupo B) – Tuesday 24th Feb – PASSARELA DO SAMBA 1 Alegria Da Zona Sul 2 Independente Da Praça Da Bandeira 3 União De Jacarepaguá 4 União Do Parque Curicica 5 Corações Unidos Do Amarelinho 6 Tradição 7 Sereno De Campo Grande 8 Unidos De Padre Miguel 9 Lins Imperial 10 Unidos Do Jacarezinho 11 Acadêmicos Do Cubango 12 Arrastão De Cascadura 13 Boi Da Ilha Do Governador 14 Arranco

GRUPO RJ/2 (was grupo C) -Sun 22nd Feb – ESTRADA INTENDENTE MAGALHÃES 1 Unidos De Lucas 2 Acadêmicos Da Abolição 3 Unidos De Cosmos 4 Unidos Do Cabuçu 5 Unidos Da Ponte 6 Unidos Do Cabral 7 Vizinha Faladeira 8 Acadêmicos Do Dendê 9 Flor Da Mina Do Andaraí 10 Difícil É O Nome 11 Unidos De Manguinhos 12 Acadêmicos De Vigário Geral 13 Acadêmicos Do Sossego 14 Mocidade De Vicente De Carvalho

GRUPO RJ/3 (Was Grupo D)- Monday 23/02 – ESTRADA INTENDENTE MAGALHÃES 1 Mocidade Unida De Jacarepaguá 2 Em Cima Da Hora 3 Leão De Nova Iguaçu 4 Delírio Da Zona Oeste 5 Mocidade Unida Do Santa Marta 6 Acadêmicos Do Engenho Da Rainha 7 Unidos De Vila Kennedy 8 Mocidade Independente De Inhaúma 9 Imperial De Morro Agudo 10 Unidos Do Sacramento 11 Unidos Da Vila Santa Teresa 12 Rosa De Ouro 13 Unidos Do Anil 14 Arame De Ricardo 15 Gato De Bonsucesso

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