Inocentes de Belford Roxo

The Inocentes de Belford Roxo Samba School makes its Special Group debut at Rio Carnival 2013 after a strong showing and a victory in the Access Group Parades of Rio Carnival 2012. A relative newcomer to the world of samba schools, GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo has been parading in the events of Rio Carnival since it was founded on July 11, 1993.

The first Rio Carnival in which GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo participated was in 1994 with the theme, “Carnival Hello: Hello, here’s Carmen Miranda”. By 1997 GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo had worked its way up the ranks to Access Group C, when it won its first group championship in 1998. The following year, in 1999, GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo was runner-up in Access Group B with the theme, “Live Lowlands, long steps of progress towards the Third Millennium”. In 2000 GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo debuted in the top of the Access Group, taking fifth place with a theme that honored the city of Petropolis. However, in 2001, GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo was demoted to Access Group B. With a Group victory in 2008, GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo was crowned Access Group B champions, parading with the theme: “Ewe, Healing comes from the forrest — securing the school’s spot in Group A for Rio Carnival 2009.

By 2010 Belford Roxo became runners-up in Access Group A with a theme revolving around water. In an exciting finish to Rio Carnival 2012, GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo became champions of Access Group A with a theme honoring the Mato Grosso do Sul municipality of Corumbá. Inocentes de Belford Roxo will be the first school to parade in the Special Group on Carnival Sunday of Rio Carnival 2013. Developed by renowned Carnival director Wagner Goncalves, GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo has selected the theme, “The Seven Confluence of the Han River” to explore the story of 50 years of Korean immigration to Brazil.

Service Projects: As one of the newer Samba Schools, GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo is very active in its home community of Belford Roxo. Belford is a large city located in the metropolitan area of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Additionally, the Inocentes de Belford Roxo Samba School advocates social change through its performances of strong themes in the annual Samba Parades of Rio Carnival — taking on themes of freedom (1997), the environment (2005), giving a voice to the people (2009) and the importance of water (2010). In 2013, GRES Inocentes de Belford Roxo will exhibit the culture and history of Korean immigration to Brazil.

Watch Inocentes de Belford Roxo parade live in the Sambadrome on Carnival Sunday, February 10, 2013! Book your 2013 Rio Carnival tickets today!

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