Learn All About The Carnival Parades In Rio De Janeiro. The Access Group, Special Group and Champion’s Carnival.

King Momo signals the start of Carnival parades throughout the city of Rio. The parading order for the 2017 Rio Carnival was decided by raffle at a ceremony organized by LIESA, the body that organizes Carnival parades. The opening act at the Sambadrome is the Access Group Parade that will commence at 9 pm on Carnival Friday, February 24th, 2017.

Champions Parade - Unidos da Tijuca

This is the first in a series of Carnival parades held over the next four days at the Sambadrome. Saturday, February 25th is scheduled for the second day of Access Group competition where samba schools in the second league will put up a spectacular show in a bid to gain a slot in the Special Group in 2017. Carnival parades by the elite group begin on Carnival Sunday, February 26th with six schools in the Special Group performing before a packed stadium and then the Second Day of Special Group Parade on February 27th.

Above the table of Special Group, Access Group and Winner’s Parades of 2017.

Special Group Parade – The parade of the parades.
Time February 26th (Sunday) February 27th (Monday)
21:00 – 22:15 To be defined To be defined
22:05 – 22:20 To be defined To be defined
23:10 – 23:45 To be defined To be defined
00:15 – 01:05 To be defined To be defined
01:20 – 02:30 To be defined To be defined
02:25 – 03:50 To be defined To be defined


Access Group or Gold Group 2017
Time February 24th (Sunday) February 25th (Monday)
10:00 PM – 11:15 PM Acadêmicos do Sossego Acadêmicos da Rocinha
11:15 PM – 00:30 AM Alegria da Zona Sul Acadêmicos do Cubango
00:30 AM – 01:45 AM Unidos do Viradouro Inocentes de Belford Roxo
01:45 AM – 03:00 AM Império da Tijuca Império Serrano
03:00 AM – 04:15 AM União do Parque Curicica Unidos de Padre Miguel
04:15 AM – 05:30 AM Estácio de Sá Renascer de Jacarepaguá
05:30 AM – 06:45 AM Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz Unidos do Porto da Pedra


Winners’ Parade – Champion and 5 runner-up from Special Group
Time March 04th (Saturday)
21:00 6th place
10:05 5th place
11:10 4th place
00:15 3rd place
01:20 Runnerup
02:25 Champion