The second day of parades in Rio de Janeiro's Sambódromo is to include the shows brought by another six top-ranking samba schools competing for a title in Rio's 2018 Carnival.
Starting late tonight (Feb 12) and expected to stretch into the morning of Tuesday (13) are the parades by Unidos da Tijuca, Portela, União da Ilha do Governador, Acadêmicos do Salgueiro, Imperatriz Leopoldinense, and Beija-Flor de Nilópolis. Another six schools performed on Sunday night.
Samba schools represent favelas and neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. They are cultural clubs that bring to their presentations a theme samba song accompanied by heavy drumming. The parades also include floats and exuberant costumes.
On Wednesday, the marks given by judges to the samba schools will be announced, and the winner crowned. In addition to Rio de Janeiro, which has Brazil's most famous samba schools, the city of São Paulo also holds parades organized by samba schools.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira