Champions Parade in Rio After 2013 Carnival Close

G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel are the 2013 Carnival Champions, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News

Another year of Carnival came to a close last Saturday (February 16th), it was closed by the winner’s parade. There was a huge crowd turnout to see the G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel make their victory parade.

The night was opened with Grande Rio giving a performance examining the oil industry in Rio, and hinting at the desire for the city to retain its resources (which has been a controversy as of recently). Then came the Salguiero school, that hails from Tijuca, and was led by Viviane Araujo as they performed their “Fame” theme, which also featured dancers dressed as stars such as Marilyn Monroe. They also made a tribute to the victims of the recent night club fire disaster. Following them was the Imperatriz Leopoldinense school, whose theme gave them fourth place. Then came the champion from last year, Unidos da Tijuca, as they performed their theme based on the mythical god Thor. Next was Beija-Flor, 2013 runner up, whose theme celebrated horses throughout history. Lastly was the 2013 champion, Vila Isabel, who gave an energetic display of their theme that celebrated Brazil’s agriculture.