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.

Carnival 2013 Winner Announced

Unidos de Vila Isabel Carnival 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News

On Wednesday afternoon, February 13th, G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel was announced winner of this year’s Carnival in Rio. This marks the third championship for the samba school and the closing of Carnival.

Crowds and judges alike were amazed by Vila Isabel’s theme presentation: A Vila canta o Brasil, celeiro do mundo – Água no feijão que chegou mais um” (The Vila sings Brazil, world’s breadbasket – Add more water to the beans, one more has arrived). They were lead by Carnival designer, Rosa Magalhaes, who ensured the parade was maxed out with bright costumes and beautiful and elaborate floats. The theme song the school played during their parade was also highly praised, and could be heard being sung by people in the crowd throughout the rest of Carnival. It was composed by Brazilian composer, Arlindo Cruz.

The schools that were closely behind Vila Isabel were Beija-Flor, Unidos da Tijuca, and Empress Leopoldinense. But, once the scores were tallied on live television, Vila Isabel was the clear winner.

Vila Isabel will parade again amongst the other top five schools - Beija-Flor, Unidos da Tijuca, Imperatriz,Salgueiro and Grande Rio – on Saturday, February 16th at the Sambadromo.

You can watch a clip of Vila Isabel’s performance here: