...and the winner was... Escola Beija Flor (Samba School Hummingbird)!! Their parade theme was a celebration of the career of Roberto Carlos, who is known as the "King" of Brazilian pop. Beija Flor was the last school to parade on the second night of competition.
Below are the top six winners Rio de Janeiro 2011 Carnival Samba School parades, along with point totals:
1º 299.8 - Beija-Flor de Nilópolis
2º 298.4 - Unidos da Tijuca
3º 297.2 - Mangueira
4º 297.0 - Vila Isabel
5º 296.2 - Salgueiro
6º 295.5 - Imperatriz Leopoldinense
On the following Saturday night, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2011 "Parade of Champions" was held in the Sambadrome and broadcast live via satellite. The Champions parades ran from 9pm (7pm USA ET) until 4am (2am USA ET). The top 6 Samba School winners paraded once again to enormous crowds.
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Until then, below watch a video re-cap of the 2011 Rio Carnival Sambadrome parades...
...and amazing time lapse video of all the 2011 Rio Carnaval parades...