Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools vied for the title of the year’s best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city’s iconic Sambadrome. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The glittering costumes and floats that last week marked Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Carnival are back as the top six finishers of the annual samba school competition take part in the Parade of Champions.
The final parade takes place every year on the Saturday night after Carnival.
The first group to enter the Sambadrome will be sixth-placed Academicos do Grande Rio. This year’s winner was Unidos de Vila Isabel, which will parade last.
Unidos de Vila Isabel’s agricultural-themed parade featured a sexy spider samba queen, lady bug musicians and a giant grasshopper float.