On Monday, February 12th, União da Ilha samba school will be starring at Rio’s 2018 Carnival in the Grupo Especial championship. Expected to enter the sambódromo at 11:25 PM, the school promises to make everyone’s mouth water with a samba enredo dedicated to Brazil’s culinary.

União da Ilha has been parading in the Grupo Especial since 2010, after being first placed in the Second League of samba schools with the enredo “Viajar é Preciso – Viagens extraordinárias através de Mundos conhecidos e desconhecidos”, portraying the extraordinary travels of History.

Apart from some ups and downs, União da Ilha has been treading a successful path since 1960, year of its debut at the Avenida. Having first started in Grupo 3, the Third League of Samba Schools, União has been doing a great job for 8 years now, managing to keep its privileged place at Grupo Especial.

União’s first official parade happened in 1960, but the school was founded in 1953, in Ilha do Governador (island and neighborhood from Rio’s Zona Norte). It was created by three friends who realized that Ilha do Governador lacked a competent samba school to represent the neighborhood. Today, the school’s headquarters are situated at the Galeão Road, in the sub-region of Cacuia.

Even though União da Ilha never conquered the so longed-for first place in the Grupo Especial championship, in 2014 the school was awarded with Jornal O Globo’s “Estandarte de Ouro” for best samba enredo and best “mestre-sala” (man responsible for presenting the school’s flag to the audience).

This year, União da Ilha enters the Sambódromo with “Brasil Bom de Boca”, samba enredo dedicated to the delights of Brazil’s culinary. Directed by carnavalesco Severo Luzardo, the parade will tell the history of the Brazilian food by presenting the Portuguese, the Indigenous and the African cultural influences.