Access Group Schools Kick Off a Wet yet Spectacular Carnival Parade in Rio

The ‘Grupo de Acesso’ or ‘Série A’ (Access Group) is made up of thirteen schools each competing to be crowned ‘Campeão’ (Champion) of the group, which in turn promotes them to the top-tier Grupo Especial for next year’s Carnival Parade.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This past Friday, March 1st, and Saturday, March 2nd, a total of thirteen samba schools from Rio’s ‘Grupo de Acesso’ or ‘Série A’ (Access Group) tried their best to compete with each other and against the elements to win a coveted spot in the top-tier Grupo Especial for next year’s Carnival Parade, with plenty of spectacular costumes, songs and ‘carros alegóricos’ (floats).

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