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Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade

The Rio Carnival Champion’s Parade is the best parade to see during the Rio Carnival celebration held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, every February-March.

The “Champion’s Parade,” also called the “Winner’s Parade,” is the grand finale at the end of Carnival week.

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The samba schools compete in the Sambadrome Stadium for the chance to parade one last time during the Champion’s Parade. If you are in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival season, don’t miss this spectacular show!

At 9:00 pm, the parade begins with the six best samba schools — the groups of musicians, dancers, and elaborately designed floats and costumes that won the most hearts at the Sambadrome during Carnival week.

Thousands of spectators – both foreign and local “cariocas” – crowd into the Sambadrome to partake in the festivities. The judges whittle all the samba schools down to just six winners, all of which perform once more at the culminating event of Rio Carnival – the Champion’s Parade.

Until the wee hours of the morning, festivities continue as the winners show off and the Grand Champion takes the stage. If you are traveling to Brazil for the Rio Carnival Champion’s Parade, make sure to get plenty of sleep beforehand – or don’t plan on sleeping much that night! The ultimate champion samba schools perform at 2:25 am.

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