The participants in the Rio de Janeiro Carnival Gold Group are perhaps not given as much reverence as those in the Special Group, but they consist of excellent performers as well. Composed of 19 of Rio’s big samba schools, the competition is fierce in this category, as the winner makes it to the Special Group parade of the following year. This is the best option for those who do not want to spend huge amounts of money, but are still interested in watching exceptional performances.
Bellow you can check the Gold Group Order of 2013. The 2014 order will be known by July.
|Access or Gold Group - Second Tier of Samba Schools|
|Time||February 8th (Friday)||February 9th (Saturday)|
|21:00 - 22:15||Unidos do Jacarezinho||União de Jacarepaguá|
|22:05 - 22:20||Porto da Pedra||Paraíso do Tuiuti|
|23:10 - 00:25||Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz||Tradição|
|00:15 - 01:30||Vila Santa Tereza||Império Serrano|
|01:20 - 02:35||União do Parque Curicica||Acadêmicos do Cubango|
|02:25 - 03:40||Estácio de Sá||Sereno de Campo Grande|
|03:30 - 04:45||Alegria da Zona Sul||Império da Tijuca|
|04:35 - 05:50||Acadêmicos da Rocinha||Caprichosos de Pilares|
|05:40 - 06:55||Unidos do Viradouro||Unidos de Padre Miguel|
|06:45 - 08:00||-||Renascer de Jacarepaguá|
This area, meaning ‘concentration’ in English is where schools gather for a final warm up before they enter the competition arena. Just like in the Rio Carnival Special Group category, only two schools collect at any given time, in order of their performance schedule and await their entrance which is announced over microphone. This is a great place to take pictures with performers, as everyone is in a high state of energy and excitement just before they take the stage.
If you decide to attend Gold Group's samba parade, the prices will be considerably lower, as compared to the Special Group’s parade. There are various types of seats to choose from. The Granstand seats or bleachers, with unmarked seats are the cheapest tickets. Allocated seats can be bought for chairs, boxes or suites.
Our Advice: Get an open box frisa ticket - It's not that expensive compared to the Special Group Parades and watch the parade with the comfort of an assigned seat right by the runaway. Get Sambadrome Tickets Here.
Some people recommend that the best place in the Sambodromo is near the drummers’ niche, where the “baterias” stop to play and the acoustics are perfect. These include the Sector 4 front boxes and the Sector 11 grandstands. Others say that Sector 5 offers good value for money, as it is well priced and located in the middle, offering an excellent view of the front and rear of the parade. There are thus a variety of tickets for you to choose from, depending on what you would like to experience.
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