The Mangueira was devoted 2016 Carnival champion in Rio de Janeiro, with 269.8 points, winning his 19th title after verification of the notes held on Wednesday (10), in the square of Apotheosis. In a close race, decided by a tenth, Unidos da Tijuca took the runner-up.
Watch the full parade of the champion:
2016 Carnaval parade champion
A Mangueira closed the second night of parades, early on Tuesday, honoring the career of the singer Maria Bethania, with the theme “Maria Bethania, the girl Oya Eyes”.
The 14 schools receive around R$ 2 million. In fact the difference is not so significative, the 14th receives approximately R$ 1.8 million and the winner R $ 2.2 million. The main source of money is the radio transmission and television contracts and ticket sales (including abroad). There are Samba schools that spends around R$ 4 to 5 million.
The actual annual dates of Carnival differ and depend on when it is Easter in that particular year, as Carnival will be 40 days before Easter. Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon in Spring.
Next year Carnival will be held on the 26th of February.