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It is Apotheoses Square, at the end of the Parading Avenue, where the results are counted and announced on Ash Wednesday, just after Carnival.
Usually the competition's worst scoring school drops down from the First League (the Special Group) into the Second League and the winner of the Preliminary Parades of the Second League Schools joins the First League for next year's Samba Parade.
The Samba Parade is a glorious competition between the Rio Samba Schools, for which scores are given by the judges on Ash Wednesday, the first day after Carnival.
There are ten categories in which the schools are judged.
There are 4 judges of every category (altogether 40 of them) and they are allocated all along the Sambodromo's samba runway, in their booths.
Scores are given on a scale 7-10 (with fractions), 10 being the best.
2018 Samba Parade Results - announced on Wednesday, February 18th.
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|11||Unidos da Tijuca||266.8|
This year non Samba School was downgreaded.