Founded by a group of locals, Beija-Flor is a Samba School based on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in a neighborhood called Nilopolis. Named after a ranch in Nilopolis, Beija-Flor means hummingbird, a prevalent bird throughout the city of Rio and also the school’s official symbol. Known for its controversial themes and ostentatious costumes, the Beija-Flor procession is one of the most eagerly awaited performances of the Samba Parade. The only Samba School from the District of Nilopolis, Beija-Flor possesses a strong determination to win and has over 3,700 annual parading members.

Beija-Flor is consistently among the top-ranking Samba Schools of Rio Carnival and has earned a reputation as the best school in the competition. For the past decade, if the school did not outright win the competition, it has come very close. Considered the most professional of all Samba Schools, Beija-Flor has high expectations for its members and imposes stringent rules upon them. The school maintains a strong emphasis on artistic and organizational management, and is the only Samba School to have an entire team of designers, while most other schools have only one.

The school began its latest winning streak with an overall Rio Carnival victory in 1998. The school scored three consecutive victories in 2003, 2004, and 2005, and won again in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2015.

Service Projects: The Julia and Abram David Nursery, which serves more than 300 children from 2 to 6 years of age, is provides services to the community free of charge. The Beija-Flor Samba School has also founded Educandário Abram David, which provides schooling for 1,200 children, from 1st to 9th grade. Additionally, Beija-Flor is engaged in numerous projects for cultural and social transformation, some of which are encouraged and incentivized by state and federal laws.

Don’t miss Beija-Flor’s Sambadrome Parade performance on Carnival! Be sure to book your Rio Carnival Tickets today!!


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