Imperatriz has great winning records and brings excellence to its parades like no other

One of the oldest samba schools in Rio with a history of more than 50 years, Imperatriz Leopoldinense is well-known for its futuristic concepts such as the one time flying parade on the Avenue. Similar to some other old schools names like Portela, Estácio, Imperio Serrano, it draws inspiration from its history of famous percussionists. Imperatriz has been a winner of Rio Carnival eight times.

Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

History

The Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Imperatriz Leopoldinense was founded on March 6th 1959. It is believed that the samba-school´s name was dedicated to the Leopoldina’s railway line and this was because the founders wanted that the school’s name represented all of Leopoldina’s suburbs. In 1959, it received honourable mention at the ornamentation contest of Rio de Janeiro city, after which it steadily claimed success and recognition with its brilliant performances. The school advanced further since the arrival of the great President Luiz Pacheco Drummond.

Identity

Samba school Imperatriz’s flag has 11 golden stars signifying Leopoldina’s neighbourhoods and its colors are green and white, considering the colors of its Godmother Samba School – the Império Serrano. The school’s symbol which is an indication of the first reign’s crown, that of the Empress Leopoldina who governed Brazil.

Performance

Samba School Imperatriz Leopoldinense has won thrice in a row, in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and is the current record holder challenged only by Beija-Flor. It has a history of themes such as ancient healing rites, the lack of health in the Middle Ages, and great names in Brazil health science.

Its huge success is attributed to its technically exceptional performance. The School’s longstanding Carnival Designer, Rosa Magalhães makes eccentric yet extremely appealing fairy-tale like imaginative creations. It has become famous for introducing innovation, choreographies that bind the dramatic themes and youngsters connected to the community.

Carnival Information 2018

Group Day of the Parade Parade Time
Special Group February 12 02:20

Theme: “Uma Noite Real no Museu Nacional”

Composer: Jorge Arthur, Marinho do Ponto, Julinho Maestro, Marcio Pesse e Piu das Casinhas.

Interpreter: Arthur Franco

Samba Enredo

Onde a musa inspira a poesia
a cultura irradia o cantar da imperatriz
é um palácio, emoldura a beleza
abrigou a realeza, patrimônio é raíz
que germinou e floresceu na colina
a obra-prima viu o meu brasil nascer
no anoitecer dizem que tudo ganha vida
paisagem colorida deslumbrante de vivier
baailam meteoros e planetas
dinossauros, borboletas
brilham os cristais
o canto da cigarra em sintonia
relembrou aqueles dias que não voltarão jamais

voa tiê, tucano e arara
quero-quero ver onça pintada
os tambores ressoaram, era um ritual de fé
para o rei de daomé, para o rei de daomé

a brisa me levou para o egito
onde um solfejo lindo da cantora de amon
ecoa sob a lua e o sereno
perfumando a deusa vênus sem jamais sair do tom
marajó, carajá, bororó
em cada canto um herdeiro de luzia
flautas de chimus e incas
sopram pelas grimpas linda melodia
a luz dourada do amanhecer
as princesas deixam o jardim
os portões se abrem pro lazer
pipas ganham ares
enconstros populares
decretam que a quinta é pra você

gira coroa da majestade
samba de verdade, identidade cultural
imperatriz é o relicário
no bicentenário do museu nacional

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