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Viradouro: Champion samba school of Rio’s 2020 Carnival

27 Feb

Viradouro, that paraded second on Sunday and which were the runner up in 2019, won its second carnival title in 2020, beating Grande Rio by the smallest of margins having tied after all the marks were added up. Mocidade was third; Beija-Flor, fourth; Salgueiro, fifth and Mangueira, champions in 2019, sixth.

União da Ilha and Estácio de Sá were relegated with Imperatriz promoted to the Grupo Especial. In 2021 twelve schools will parade in the Grupo Especial.

The results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2020 were:

  • Viradouro (269.6 out of 270)
  • Grande Rio (269.6)
  • Mocidade (269.4)
  • Beija-Flor (269.4)
  • Salgueiro (269.0)
  • Mangueira (268.9)
  • Portela (268.8)
  • Vila Isabel (268.6)
  • Unidos da Tijuca (267.6)
  • Sao Clemente (267.0)
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti (266.2)
  • Estácio de Sá (264.7)
  • União da Ilha (264.2)

Riotur photos of Viradouro’s parade, “Viradouro de alma lavada”, about As Ganhadeiras de Itapuã.

Rio’s samba school parades in 2016

25 Jun

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As reported in Critical Divide’s Rio: The Guide the draw has been made for main parades of the major Rio samba schools, the  Grupo Especial. The parades will take place on the nights of Sunday, 7 February and Monday, 8 February 2016. The order will be:

Sunday, 7 February 2016

  • Estácio de Sá
  • União da Ilha
  • Beija-Flor
  • Grande Rio
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Unidos da Tijuca

Monday, 8 February 2016

  • Vila Isabel
  • Salgueiro
  • São Clemente
  • Portela
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Mangueira

Six schools will parade on Sunday night and six on Monday and they will start at 21.30, 22.35, 23.40, 00.45, 01.50 and 02.55.

Based on the results of the last six carnivals (2010-2015), the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) ranks the top ten samba schools in Rio de Janeiro as:

Unidos da Tijuca (95 points)
Beija-Flor (81)
Salgueiro (69)
Unidos de Vila Isabel (53)
Grande Rio (47)
Imperatriz Leopoldinense (34)
Portela (34)
Mangueira (29)
União da Ilha do Governador (17)
Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (16)

Rio Carnival Parade 2015

10 Jun


On the eve of the World Cup there was still time on Monday, 9 June 2014 for the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) to make the draw to decide the date and order that the top samba schools in Rio will parade in February 2015.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

  • Viradouro
  • Mangueira
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Unidos de Vila Isabel
  • Salgueiro
  • Grande Rio

Monday, 16 February 2015

  • São Clemente
  • Portela
  • Beija-Flor
  • União da Ilha do Governador
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Unidos da Tijuca

“Brazil the Guide” launched by Critical Divide

25 Apr

Critical Divide has launched Brazil the Guide, a website that does exactly what it says on the tin.

The site is written and edited by Christopher Pickard and the Critical Divide team responsible for Insider’s Guides and RioLife. It can be viewed at

Brazil the Guide can trace its origins back to The Insider’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro, the now legendary guide book that was first launched in Rio in January 1984. In one form or another, it was the largest selling guide book to Rio de Janeiro in the English language for over a decade. The only such guide to be written, edited and published in the English language from Rio de Janeiro itself. In pre-internet days, the guide was supported by a monthly magazine, Rio Life.

The site promises to help its users to quickly and easily discover where they need to travel to in Brazil (and how), and what they need to see and do once they are in the country. No fuss, no puff, just what the visitor actually needs to know to plan a visit to Brazil, be it on business or leisure.

In the run up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympic Games, both of which will  take place in Brazil, Critical Divide will be expanding Brazil the Guide as well as launching a Rio the Guide site (

And the Winner is… Unidos da Tijuca

22 Feb

And the winning samba school for Carnival 2012 in Rio de Janeiro is Unidos da Tijuca that had taken as its theme the late Brazilian singer-songwriter and poet, Luiz Gonzaga.

Gonzaga’s most famous song is “Asa Branca”, an absolute Brazilian classic that has been covered by many Brazilian singers, but none better or more authentic than by the man himself. Even David Byrne has recorded an English language version.

From the city of Recife in northeast of Brazil, Gonzaga was known as the “king of baião”, and was a master of the accordion.

Unidos da Tijuca scored 299.9 points from the official carnival jury with Salgueiro in second with 299.7, and Vila Isabel in third with 299.5. Uniao da Ilha, that had London as its theme, came eighth.

Unidos da Tijuca, under carnavlesco Paulo Barros, also won the title in 2010, but previous to that its only other title had been way back in 1936.

And the relegated schools this year, which won’t be in the top group in 2013, are Porto de Pedra and Renascer de Jacarepaguá.

Critical Divide reports on Rio’s Carnival for Las Iguanas

16 Feb

Critical Divide’s Chris Pickard is reporting on Rio de Janeiro’s carnival for the Latin American restaurant chain, Las Iguanas (

Chris is hoping to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding Rio’s carnival, and started by reporting that Brahma’s brewery’s international muse for 2012 is Jennifer Lopez (

The Critical Divide just got a whole lot wider

9 Sep

From London to Rio de Janeiro, from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles, and back to London, this is the story of a developing and growing critical divide. You can keep up-to-date with the Critical Divide either on this site or by following @CriticalDivide on Twitter. Enjoy!