Unidos da Tijuca originated in the slums of Tijuca and the champion of 2010 Carnival

Brazil’s third oldest samba school Unidos da Tijuca samba school is renowned for its niche since half a century. They gained worldwide fame for being the first group to present dancers mounted on floats, creating what are known as “human sculptures” in the carnival’s parade at the Sambadrome. This samba school is known for its best drum segment in Rio, locally called Pura Cadencia. All these developments led to Unidos da Tijuca’s joining the elite guild of samba schools.

Unidos da Tijuca Champions Parade

History

Situated in Rio de Janeiro’s Barra de Tijuca region, the samba group Unidos da Tijuca was conceptualized in 1931 on December 31st and has been a stupendous force in the history of the samba Carnival. It was founded with the aim of defending the roots of Brazil’s traditional folklore and to honor its multi-cultural background as well as to protest against issues.

Identity

Unidos da Tijuca’s colors gold yellow and blue along with the symbol of the royal peacock help this outstanding school identify themselves with pride and glory. The color combination gold and blue was chosen to bring beauty and splendor to the banner that represents the entire school.

Performance

Unidos da Tijuca has been synonymous with bravado and innovation. They are touted as the first samba group to present glides and wings in carnival parade costumes in addition to being the first to record a samba theme-plot in vinyl. Also it is the only school paying homage to Brazil’s background as an erstwhile Portuguese colony. The school has evolved immensely in terms of professionalism and structure coming second twice in the last five years. Unidos da Tijuca, like most Rio de Janeiro samba schools, faced a difficult period and not only did it survive it came out stronger. Today its Samba-rehearsals are also extremely sought-after in Rio.

Play the samba school Unidos da Tijuca 2014 theme song 

Samba Enredo 2014 (Lyrics)

“Acelera, Tijuca”

Autores: Caio Alves – Fadico – Gustavinho Oliveira e Tinguinha
Intérpretes: Bruno Ribas

Vai começar
Libere a pista para a emoção
Foi dada a partida, prepare o seu coração
Tijuca, a hora chegou
Quem será o vencedor?
Dos animais, agilidade
A inspirar velocidade
Impressionante a ousadia
A internet ultrapassou a energia
A equipe anunciou, no pit stop o piloto parou

E lá vão eles na pura cadência do samba
Numa corrida maluca repleta de bambas
Tentando trapacear, deu mole, rodou na pista
Ficou pra trás o Vigarista

Rompendo barreiras, superam limites
Atletas buscando o primeiro lugar
Quando de repente pisando no breque
Vi no calhambeque alguém acenar
Na última volta do meu carnaval
Desponta um gênio talento imortal
Trazendo nas mãos a bandeira do nosso país
Na reta, a consagração
O tema a emocionar
Lá vem o campeão
Voando baixo pra vitória alcançar

Acelera Tijuca, eu vou com você
Nosso lema é vencer
Guiando o futuro, que um sonho construiu
Ayrton Senna do Brasil