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Carnival Samba Schools

Samba Schools (Escolas de Samba) are not traditional schools but a gathering of people from the same community who come together to rehearse the samba in preparation for Sambodrome parade during Carnival. Over seventy years ago, Samba Schools began in Rio de Janerio eventually developing into a main event of Carnival. Everyone who is part of the Samba School, novice to professional, all participate in Carnival. The performance is based on theme and includes the talents of the entire Samba School. Elements that are included in the parade are a master of ceremonies, flag bearer, bateria (drum section), and magnificently decorated floats. The top schools perform on Sunday and Monday night. The B group of schools perform on Tuesday night.

Every year, the school chooses an idea to focus on for the parade. Each Samba School brings 3,000 to 5,000 people and 6 to 8 floats to the parade as well as take over an hour for their performance. Foreigners are welcome to join in a Samba School, both Manguiera and Salguiero schools have a great mix of both locals and visitors.

Foreigners are welcome to join in a Samba School, both Manguiera (Rua Visconde de Niterio 1072, Manguiera, telephone: 2567 4637) and Salguiero (Rua Solva Teles 104, Andari, telephone: 2238 5564) are schools that have a great mix of both locals and visitors.

Rehearsals begin as early as August. Intro..
Further information on Carnival Rehersals

Costume Rental
You can even buy your costume before arriving in Rio de Janeiro through online websites (www. or by telephone. Costumes range in price between $200 and $300. A great resource providing more information about Samba Schools is a text entitled Samba by Alma Guillermoprieto (more information in our Resources section).

Top Samba Schools
Grande Rio
Rua Almirante Barroso, 5 - Duque de Caxias
Telephone: 2771-2331

Rua Silva Teles, 104 - Tijuca
Telephone: 2288-3065 / 2281-3134

Beija - Flor
Pracinha Wallace Paes Leme, 1.025 - Nilopolis
Telephone: 2791-2866

Caprichosos de Plares
Rua Faleiros, 1 - Pilares
Telephone: 2592-5620

Rua Visconde de Niteroi, 1.072 - Mangueira
Telephone: 2567-4637

Imperatriz Leopoldinense
Rua Professor LacÍ, 235 - Ramos
Telephone: 2560-8067

Imperio Serrano
Av. Ministro Edgard Romero, 114 - Madureira
Telephone: 2489-8722

Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
Rua Coronel Tamarindo, 38 - Padre Miguel
Telephone: 3332-5823

Rua Clara Nunes, 81 - Madureira
Telephone: 2489-6440

Porto da Pedra
Rua Joao Silva, 84 - Porto da Pedra - Sao Goncalo
Telephone: 2605-2984

Rua Bertha Lutz N. 80 - Sao Conrado
Telephone: 2322-5948

Unidos da Tijuca
Av. Francisco Bicalho, 47 - Clube dos Portuarios - Sao Cristovao
Telephone: 2516-4053

Unidos Do Viradouro
Av. do Contorno, 16 - Barreto - Niteroi
Telephone: 2628-7840

Vila Isabel
Av. 28 de Setembro, 382 - Vila Isabel
Telephone: 3181-4869

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