The G.R.E.S. Unidos da Vila Isabel Samba School was founded on April 4th 1946 by Antonio Fernandes da Silveira, popularly known as “Mr.China”. The idea to create the samba-school on this traditional Rio neighborhood arose on a Carnaval Sunday, when Mr. China was chatting with a couple of friends in a bar located at Praça Sete in Vila Isabel neighborhood.  He saw members of “Acadêmicos da Vila” street group which was passing by, and thought about how it resembled a small Samba School.  This image awoke in him the desire to found a true samba school. Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Unidos de Vila Isabel is a Samba School in Rio de Janeiro. It was thrice champion of the Special Group and is currently headquartered in Boulevard 28 de Setembro in Vila Isabel. The Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school was crowned the winner of the 2013 Rio Carnival on Wednesday for its attractive and colourful parade highlighting rural life and the customs of the Brazilian interior. Vila Isabel obtained 299.7 points out of a maximum score of 300.

Colors: White and Blue
Drummers’ Queen: Sabrina Sato
President: Wilson da Silva Alves
Carnavalesco:  Cid Carvalho