CARNAVAL RIO de JANEIRO – BRAZIL
The famous parades happen in a place called Sambadrome (sambódromo in Portuguese) and last three days. The Sambadrome is a wide avenue with stadium seats placed on each of its sidewalks for the parade of the best samba schools in Rio de Janeiro. The parades begin at night and go until dawn. Each school has one hour into the Parade and must impress the judges. Because of that, each year is more exuberant than the last. Visitors watch from the grandstands or cabins, all with a good view of the parade.
The samba schools are like football teams, they train all year long and since it is a competition, they want to win. Each samba school has its time for the Parade and each year they have a different theme and music (called enredo). Each one has several dancers (sambistas), a king and a queen. It is a spectacle of color and music. Most who come here want to return.
Why You Should Go to Rio Carnival
Rio de Janeiro, known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), is nothing less than breathtaking. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, white¬sand beaches and flourishing rainforests surrounding their vibrant ocean, Rio is one of the most magnificent settings of any metropolis in the world.
Experience Rio’s energy, excitement and culture at Carnaval with Costa Brazil Tours. Each year, Rio de Janeiro’s streets come alive with electrifying colors, samba music, enormous floats, masquerades, costumes and dancers. Be a part of the largest and most famous celebration the world has to offer!
Called “carnival” in English, and “carnaval” in Portuguese, there’s more than one way to say it, and more than one way to celebrate. Our staff becomes international locals in all of the cities we hold events, so leave it to us to help you bridge the gap and celebrate in the most authentic way.