Carnival in Rio – A Guide
Before Carnival arrives go to different street parties and Samba school rehearsals. During the actual Carnival week you can go to Sambódromo (the Samba stadium) both as a spectator and participant in the actual parade. And visit various of the over 500 street parties.
The biggest propulsion in all this is passion, it is always present; sometimes clearly visible, but most of the time just simmering under the surface. There are so many components and circumstances that almost anything is possible.
Here some sections about Carnival, just click on the links below.
The Carnival Dates and Parade Schedule
Find out all about this on the Rio Carnival 2017 – The Dates and Parade Schedule page.
The History of Carnival is quite complex and has roots all the way back to ancient Greece. During centuries it has been influenced by culture and religion from Europe, Africa and South America.
The Carnival Parade and Samba Schools
The actual parade competition takes place in a stadium called Sambódromo. It is the images from here that is what most people associate with the event, in order to get in you have to get tickets. This is where the different Samba schools explode in colour, fantasy, Samba and creativity during a few hot days. You can actually participate in the parade, read more about that in the Carnival Costumes section. Starting in August you can go to so called Samba School Rehearsal Parties, here you can meet the community, listen and dance Samba and watch some serious ass shaking.
Street Parties – The Best Part of the Carnival in Rio?
There is also the so called blocos that take place all over Rio. Before and during Carnival thousands of people meet up at a certain place at a given time, learn all about it by clicking Carnival Street Parties.
If you want to see some pics from the Carnival in Rio go to Rio Carnival Photos. Here you will find a collection of pictures from Sambódromo, street parties and Samba schools.
Where to Stay and Some Useful Tips
Just before and during Carnival prices for accommodation go up dramatically. Read about the best ways to resolve your Carnival Accommodation. I finish off with some General Tips for Carnival. Here you have some pointers that will make your stay smoother, better and safer.