Samba Schools Themes & Songs

Samba Schools are a type of popular associations characterized by singing, dancing, rehearsing and learning how to play the samba, often with competitive order.

Being a kind of Public Institution of the city of Rio de Janeiro, the samba schools work all year round for 1 single perform at the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Accompanied by Drums and its components – which can be up to five thousand people – they use allusive costumes to the proposed theme, and most of these components walk, and just a minority parades on “Floaters”, where huge sculptures are placed among other props.

Having these associations often a local nature, arising largely from poor communities or suburbs, the samba schools usually represent a particular neighborhood, sub-district or set of districts.

As a feature of the parade, the plot, often chosen at the beginning of the year just after the carnival celebrations, will be used for the Next Years carnival.

Meanwhile, from the main theme, the carnival director should write an entire synopsis, which will guide the production of costumes, floats and samba composition. In this aspect, the evaluators must judge whether the school explained its plot during the parade.

For the 2018 Carnival, the 13 Samba Schools parading on the Special Group have chosen the following Songs:

Sunday – 11Feb2018

Império Serrano

São Clemente

Vila Isabel


Grande Rio



Monday – 12Feb2018

Unidos da Tijuca


União da Ilha




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