Unidos da Tijuca originated in the slums of Tijuca


Brazil’s third oldest samba school Unidos da Tijuca samba school is renowned for its niche since half a century. They gained worldwide fame for being the first group to present dancers mounted on floats, creating what are known as “human sculptures” in the carnival’s parade at the Sambadrome. This samba school is known for its best drum segment in Rio, locally called Pura Cadencia. All these developments led to Unidos da Tijuca’s joining the elite guild of samba schools.

Unidos da Tijuca Champions Parade


Situated in Rio de Janeiro’s Barra de Tijuca region, the samba group Unidos da Tijuca was conceptualized in 1931 on December 31st and has been a stupendous force in the history of the samba Carnival. It was founded with the aim of defending the roots of Brazil’s traditional folklore and to honor its multi-cultural background as well as to protest against issues.


Unidos da Tijuca’s colors gold yellow and blue along with the symbol of the royal peacock help this outstanding school identify themselves with pride and glory. The color combination gold and blue was chosen to bring beauty and splendor to the banner that represents the entire school.


Unidos da Tijuca has been synonymous with bravado and innovation. They are touted as the first samba group to present glides and wings in carnival parade costumes in addition to being the first to record a samba theme-plot in vinyl. Also it is the only school paying homage to Brazil’s background as an erstwhile Portuguese colony. The school has evolved immensely in terms of professionalism and structure coming second twice in the last five years. Unidos da Tijuca, like most Rio de Janeiro samba schools, faced a difficult period and not only did it survive it came out stronger. Today its Samba-rehearsals are also extremely sought-after in Rio.