The samba schools are the true stars of the show. Are popular cultural associations that represent the spirit of a community and are characterized by corner. by samba dancing and love the colors of your guild. Today, about 54 schools in the Sambadrome parade and compete Darci Ribeiro, on the street Marques de Sapucai, in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The main group, the elite of the carnival, called Special Group and is composed of the top 12 schools. They compete for the title of Champion of the Special Group of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.