Below, find the schedule for the Rio Carnival 2018 Sambadrome Parades. The Special Group Parades will take place on Carnival Sunday and Carnival Monday of the 2018 Rio Carnival. Access Group will parade down the Sambadrome on Carnival Friday and Saturday. Samba School parade start times are approximate. The parade order for Special Group nights has been announced by LIESA, the organizing league of Special Group Samba Schools. The order for Access Group parades is announced by LIERJ, the governing body for Access Groups.

2018 Special Group Sambadrome Parade Schedule:

On Special Group parade nights the Sambadrome fills to capacity with spirited fans who have long awaited the return of their favorite samba schools. This is the most prestigious league of Samba Schools and it shows in the electrifying atmosphere and the sensational floats, ornate and elaborate costumes and dazzling performances of song, rhythm and dance.

Time Feb 11 (Sunday) Feb 12 (Monday)
09:15 PM Império Serrano Unidos da Tijuca
10:20 PM São Clemente Portela
11:25 PM Vila Isabel União da Ilha
00:30 AM Paraíso do Tuiuti Salgueiro
01:35 AM Grande Rio Imperatriz Leopoldinense
02:40 AM Mangueira Beija-Flor
03:45 AM Mocidade

2018 Access Group Sambadrome Parade Schedule:

Access Group Sambadrome Parades are equally equally breathtaking spectacles and are equally as impressive as Special Group parades. The crowds go wild as once again the Sambadrome to capacity and the Access Group Samba Schools put it all on the line to prove that they are parading on the wrong night; that they belong in next year’s Special Group parades.

Time Feb 9 (Friday) Feb 10 (Saturday)
10:00 PM Unidos de Bangu Alegria da Zona Sul
10:45 PM Império da Tijuca Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz
11:30 PM Acadêmicos do Sossego Unidos do Viradouro
00:15 AM Unidos do Porto da Pedra Acadêmicos da Rocinha
01:00 AM Renascer de Jacarepaguá Acadêmicos do Cubango
01:45 AM Estácio de Sá Inocentes de Belford Roxo
02:30 AM Unidos de Padre Miguel

Rio Carnival 2018 Champion’s Parade Schedule:

The top six Samba Schools of the Special Group are invited back to the Sambadrome on Saturday for the Champion’s Parade. This parade is a favorite among cariocas (Rio de Janeiro locals) and you’ll feel at home witnessing the parade among your new friends.The Champion’s Parade is a night full of emotion and fun. The intensity of the competition has passed with the judging phase of Rio Carnival long gone. This is the night where the creme de la creme of Rio de Janeiro’s Samba Schools march proud in triumph, making everyone wonder what’s in store for next year’s Special Group Sambadrome Parades.

Time Feb 17 (Saturday)
10:00 PM 6th Place of Special Group
11:05 PM 5th Place of Special Group
00:10 AM 4th Place of Special Group
01:15 AM 3rd Place of Special Group
02:20 AM Special Group Runners Up
03:25 AM Rio Carnival 2018 Champions