The calendar for the parades of the escolas de samba at the Rio Sambodrome is already known.
The first parade will take place on Sunday 3 February, from 9pm till dawn. The escolas parading on that night will be: São Clemente, Porto da Pedra, Salgueiro, Portela, Mangueira and Viradouro.
The second parade will be on Monday 4 February, and the escolas parading will be: Mocidade, Unidos da Tijuca, Emperatriz, Vila Isabel, Grande-Rio y Beija-Flor.
The parade of the champions will take place on Saturday 9. The top 6 escolas of the competition parade once again. The show lacks the emotion of the competitive parades but even then, it’s spectacular enough and, more important, much much cheaper than the competitive parades.
As well as the parades at the sambodrome, the Rio carnaval takes place all over the city. More details as they emerge.