On March 22nd of 1988, a dream came true. G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos de Duque de Caxias had its foundations laid. With the support from politicians, the people from the city of Duque de Caxias, the other samba schools and those involved with samba, the founders of the school got together to elect the first official board of Acadêmicos de Duque de Caxias.   The school had its origins in the bloco (carnival street band) G.R.B.C Lambe Copo from Prainha, a neighborhood in Duque de Caxias.   In order to be affiliated to the Association of Samba Schools from the city of Rio de Janeiro, schools must have been originated from blocos. Grande Rio is one of the newest Samba Schools and in 2012 the young school will be the last one parading in the Special Group parade on Monday. The plot for 2012 will be overcoming the odds, and the life story of a few people that fought the odds of a hard life including David Brazil, will be portrayed in the avenue. 

Colors: Red, Green and White
Drummers’ Queen: Christiane Torloni
President: Milton Perácio
Carnavalesco:  Fábio Ricardo