The World-Famous Rio Carnival Parade will definitely be the Highlight of your Rio Carnival Vacation! . .
The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí (Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro or Sambódromo in Portuguese) or simply Sambadrome is a purpose-built parade area in downtown Rio de Janeiro, where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Carnival. The Venue gathers 80 thousand Brazilians and foreign tourists each night of the Special Group Carnival Parade (Sunday and Monday) and during the Champions Parade as well. It was built in 1984 and went through a huge renovation in 2012 because of the Olympics. . .
The Parade is a fierce competition among local Samba Schools and started officially in 1932, although the Samba Schools started parading in the 1920s without competing. . .
The Carnival Parade takes place on 4 Days of Carnival. Friday and Saturday (Access Group – Second Division) Parades Samba School Winner will compete the following year in the Special Group (Sunday or Monday), and the Samba School from the Special Group that takes the last position will get downgraded to the Access Group for the following year too. . .
On Ash Wednesday (the last day of Carnival) we finally have the results and the Top 6 Samba Groups will parade again the following Saturday on the so-called Champions/Winners Parade. . .
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At the end of Carnival, all Samba Schools start preparing for next year´s carnival. It´s a full year of hard work and they practice their routine several months in advance since they are judged on many aspects of their performance in order to win the prestigious championship and the prize of 2 million Brazilian Reais offered by the City of Rio de Janeiro. . .