Portela Samba School Crowned Champion of Rio Carnival 2017

In a neck-and-neck race to the top score, Portela samba school managed to gain its first Grupo Especial championship in more than three decades.

By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Portela, one of Rio de Janeiro’s best-known samba schools, has been crowned the champion of this year’s Carnival parades. This is the school’s first winning title in 33 years, earning a score this year of 269.9 points with an allegorical story about the importance of water and its relationship to human life.

This is Portela’s 22nd title in its 93-year history, making it Rio’s most frequent Carnival champion. The school was the second last performance in the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?