Learn All About The Carnival Parades In Rio De Janeiro. The Access Group, Special Group and Champion’s Carnival.

King Momo signals the start of Carnival parades throughout the city of Rio. The parading order for the 2019 Rio Carnival is decided by raffle at a ceremony organized by LIESA, the body that organizes Carnival parades. The opening act at the Sambadrome is the Access Group Parade that will commence at 10pm on Carnival Friday, March 01st, 2019.

Champions Parade - Unidos da Tijuca

This is the first in a series of Carnival parades held over the next four days at the Sambadrome. Saturday, February 10th is scheduled for the second day of Access Group competition where samba schools in the second league will put up a spectacular show in a bid to gain a slot in the Special Group in 2019. Carnival parades by the elite group begin on Carnival Sunday, March 03rd with seven schools in the Special Group performing before a packed stadium and then the Second Day of Special Group Parade on March 04th.

Above the table of Special Group, Access Group and Winner’s Parades of 2019.

Special Group Parade – The parade of the parades.
Time March 03rd (Sunday) March 04th (Monday)
22:00 – 23:15 Império Serrano São Clemente
23:15 – 00:30 Viradouro Vila Isabel
00:30 – 01:45 Grande Rio Portela
01:45 – 03:00 Salgueiro União da Ilha
03:00 – 04:15 Beijar-flor Paraíso do Tuiuti
04:15 – 05:30 Imperatriz Mangueira
05:30 – 06:15 Unidos da Tijuca Mocidade


Access Group 2019
Time March 01st (Sunday) March 02nd (Monday)
22:00 – 23:15 Unidos da Ponte Unidos de Bangu
23:15 – 00:30 Alegria da Zona Sul Renascer de Jacarepaguá
00:30 – 01:45 Acadêmicos da Rocinha Estácio de Sá
01:45 – 03:00 Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz Unidos do Porto da Pedra
03:00 – 04:15 Unidos de Padre Miguel Império da Tijuca
04:15 – 05:30 Inocentes de Belford Roxo Acadêmicos do Cubango
05:30 – 06:45 Acadêmicos do Sossego


Winners’ Parade – Champion and 5 runner-up from Special Group
Time March 09th (Saturday)
22:00 6th place
23:15 5th place
00:30 4th place
01:45 3rd place
03:00 Runnerup
04:15 Champion