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Rio Carnival 2013: The Samba Schools

Time Out Rio's guide to the samba schools competing for glory at Rio Carnival 2013, from their history to the chances of success this year.

Twelve samba schools once again battle it out down the length of the Sambódromo for the 2013 Rio Carnival title, so follow our guide to find out who has the best chance of glory and why. All start times are approximate and subject to delay, particularly those schools scheduled to start later.


Monday 11 February, 11.45pm

Grande Rio

Monday 11 February 1am

Imperatriz Leopoldinense

Monday 11 February, 2.30am

Inocentes de Belford Roxo

Sunday 10 February, 9pm


Monday 11 February, 10.15pm


Sunday 10 Febraury, 2.30am


Sunday 10 February, 4.30am


Sunday 10 February, 10.15pm

São Clemente

Monday 11 February, 9pm

União da Ilha

Sunday 10 February, 1am

Unidos da Tijuca

Sunday 10 February, 11.45pm

Vila Isabel

Monday 11 February, 4.30am

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors

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