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.
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.
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.
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.
Play the samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense 2013 theme song
Samba Enredo 2013 (Lyrics)
Autores: Me Leva, Gil Branco, Tião Pinheiro, Drummond e Maninho do Ponto
Intérprete: Dominguinhos do Estácio
Oby aos olhos de quem vê!
Eu bato o pé no chão, é minha saudação,
Livre na pureza de viver!
Sopra no caminho das águas
O vento da ambição!
O índio, então…
Não se curvou diante a força da invasão,
Da cobiça fez-se a guerra,
Sangrando as riquezas dessa terra!
Cicatrizou, deixou herança,
E o que ficou está em cartaz…
Na passarela, “estado” de amor e paz!
Siriá… Carimbó… Na ciranda eu rodei!
No balanço da morena… Me apaixonei!
O bom tempero pro meu paladar…
De verde e branco “treme” o povo do Pará!
A arte que brota das mãos,
Dom da Criação, vem da natureza…
Da juta trançada em meus versos
Se faz poesia de rara beleza!
Oh! Mãe… Senhora, sou teu romeiro,
A ti declamo em oração:
Oh! Mãe… Mesmo se um dia a força me faltar,
A luz que emana desse teu olhar
Vai me abençoar!
No Norte a estrela que vai me guiar,
Exemplo pro mundo: Pará!
O talismã do meu país,
A sorte da Imperatriz!