The famous and sought after Champion's parade, also known as the Winners' Parade reunites the Champion and five runners-up, celebrating victory and closing the Rio Carnival Samba Parades.
The Champion's Parade is considered to be the happiest of all samba parades. Here's why: the top six Samba Schools - the big Champion and the five runners-up - earn their last chance to celebrate by putting up a great show, this time, without the burden of being judged and the responsibility of perfection. The parade is all about dancing and singing and celebrating Rio Carnival. At the grandstands, carnival aficionados - who are not yet eager to call it a summer - sing and dance all along with the samba schools. Yes, it's the most relaxed night at the sambodromo.
For the Samba Schools themselves, it's a time of carnival pride. The people involved in the preparation of the Samba Schools are usually from poor communities; so having their school parade in the Champion's Parade broadens their perspective of possibilities.
The awesome party of the Champion's Parade happens without fail the following Saturday after Carnival. In 2014 the Champion's Parade is scheduled to happen on the 8th of March at 9 PM. This is an all night event with the 6th best Samba School starting the parade going up to the 1st place presenting last at around 2:25 am, finishing around the wee hours on a sunny Rio de Janeiro Sunday morning. Above, last year's Samba Schools of the Champion's Parade.
Above you can check the 6 best samba schools of 2013. The 2014 champions' will be known by March 5th, 2014.
|Winners' Parade - Champion and 5 runner-up from Special Group|
|Time||February 16th (Saturday)|
|21:00||Acadêmicos do Grande Rio|
|00:15||Unidos da Tijuca|
|01:20||Beija-Flor de Nilópolis|
|02:25||Vila Isabel (2013 Champion)|
All good things need detailing judgment; and this is not different when it comes to choosing the best Schools - the ones that will make the cut for the Champions' Parade - of the most famous festive event of the world. We're here talking about the best Samba Schools for the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. There are ten specific areas that the schools are arbitrated in, from their theme and the way it was portrayed to the flag bearer's abilities, the floats, the music and the drums; it's all very carefully observed. There are a total of 40 judges that are divided between the 10 categories, 4 judges overlook each of these categories.
The Rio Carnival results are shown live on Ash Wednesday at the Apotheosis Square, where the Schools paraded a few days before. If you are in town you will be able to see it at just about anywhere in the marvelous city. Cariocas stand still to follow that 2-hour event which unveils the big Carnival Champion. The announcer runs over each category of each school, giving a score from 5 to 10. All schools representatives are gathered calculating their scores and when the year's champion is announced the festivities begin again.
Taking part of the Champion's parade is perhaps the easiest parade to attend to. The prices are considerably more affordable than for the Special Parade's tickets. There won't be much of the hustle and bustle of huge crowds and the nervousness of the schools not knowing if they are doing enough to win. They won and now it's time to celebrate. The Champion's Parade still is a splendid parade to watch, "Cariocas", as locals are known, love to come to these parades to watch their favorite samba school, and also because it's a cheaper ticket. The feeling of support is quite like the one they show to their soccer teams. The Champion's Parade is a great affordable and less agitated option; so if you are in Rio de Janeiro, don't miss it.
Tickets to the Champion's Parade can be bought ahead of time, but for security measures, they are only supplied one week before the Carnival.
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