Grande Rio has excellent records and has the great support of celebrities

Grande Rio is among the newest schools on the block and yet one of the most outstanding members in the Special Group, tapping into native Brazilian myth and folklore which form the core themes of their Carnival parades. This samba school has come very close to victory in all the preceding 10 years. It represents an outpost town in Rio de Janeiro named Caxias and associates itself with a lot of celebrity support in its parades. Grande Rio’s dances are unique with creative costumes that leave people bemused and surprised.

Grande Rio: Passista perfoming during the Parade

History

Grande Rio’s foundation was laid on March 22nd of 1988 with the support from politicians, the people from the city of Duque de Caxias, other samba schools and those associated with samba. The school had its origins in the carnival street band from the neighborhood. The school paraded for the first time in the First Group of samba schools in 1990.

Identity

Grande Rio’s samba school’s colors are red, green and white with the crown as its symbol. Its godmother samba school is Salgueiro.

Performance

Despite being one of the newest on the block Grande Rio managed to make its mark with its impressive performances and it is also known to thrive on a bit of controversy. After its founding in 1988, the school promoted to the first group with a second place in the 1989 parade which had the Sacred Myth of Ifé theme. Some of its themes over the years include Clear Waters for a Black King, In the Moon World, The Saints Africa Didn’t See, To feed the Body and the Spirit is good, etc. Its dancers are known for turning heads and standing up for their ideas. Grande Rio the youngest of all samba schoolsand so are its performers who practice the fine rhythm, dance, and musical shows all year round for the Carnival.

Play the samba school Acadêmicos do Grande Rio 2015 theme song

Samba Enredo 2015 (Lyrics)

Autores: Mingau, Junior Fraga, Deré, Mingauzinho & Neto
Intérprete: Émerson Dias

O mar quando quebra na areia
Desliza na beira da praia
Ao som do piano, poesia no papel
Maysa compondo, estrela no céu
Vem ver que foi o índio quem admirou
A imensidão da beleza local
Primeiro habitante, inocente brincou
Nas ondas brancas do seu litoral

Joga a rede pescador, quero ver multiplicar
Joga a rede pescador, o milagre vem de lá
Do Amparo à devoção, minha fé se revigora
Na proteção de Nossa Senhora

O meu lugar, seu nome da terra brotou… Maricá
Do naturalista surge um novo olhar
A claridade, a noite a visão
Da fauna e flora… A evolução
Nos trilhos do progresso um novo ideal
À riqueza do meu chão… Uma doce canção
O sol que bronzeia a morena
Revela em seus olhos o brilho do mar
Deixei o vento me levar
No meu barquinho pelo mundo a navegar

Vou daqui, vou pra lá, vou sambando com você
Grande Rio vai passar… O couro vai comer!
Eu sou feliz em Maricá, sou emoção
Canta meu povo, bate forte coração!