First Six Samba Schools Parade in Rio Carnival 2017

Filling the Sambódromo with colorful costumes, iridescent floats and plenty of energy, the first six of Rio’s Special Group samba schools performed on Sunday, February 26th.

By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Six samba schools from Rio’s Grupo Especial (Special Group) performed last night, Sunday, February 26th, in the Sambódromo. Paraíso do Tuiuti, Grande Rio, Imperatriz, Vila Isabel, Salgueiro and Beija-Flor all competed in the first of two nights in Rio's 2017 Carnival parades.

Although the evening had a shaky beginning with the worst accident in Sambódromo history, schools continued to parade with a wide range of topics from Dante’s inferno to conservation battles and land rights for Brazil’s indigenous people.

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