About the carnival of Rio
Every year, Rio de Janeiro celebrates the world’s biggest carnival before Lent. Around 2 million people attend the carnival everyday. Parades with floats, decorative displays and Samba performances embark the carnival.
Rio, the city of carnivals, is the most mesmerizing city of South America. Rio does nothing but enjoy the most famous carnival of the world during those days. The whole of Brazil enjoys a national holiday during the Carnival. It’s the biggest holiday in Brazil. It takes place during either the month of February or March.
It is the most talked about carnival all over the globe
Samba in the Rio Carnival :
- Samba is a type of music genre which originated in Rio. Samba dance is a Candomble dance using claps and drums.
- The Samba Parade, known as the best show in the world, is a major attraction organised by the Samba Schools. The best parades are showcased on Sunday & Monday. Do not miss it.
- All night, the participants entertain the viewers with their performances. They try to impress the 40 judges as well as viewers in just 80 minutes.
- Winners are chosen based on song, story, rhythm, etc. A huge amount of hard work is put into the carnival.
- The parades are organised at the Sambodromo since 1984. There are around 70 samba schools in Rio. They compete with each other.
- Blocos also march on the street to provide music to the samba schools. People from all walks of life participate in the carnival.
- Women dancers dress up in lavish costumes and are brimming with energy. Women are the heads of the samba schools.
Balls during the Rio Carnival :
- Most of the premium Balls require you to be dressed up in expensive costumes.
- Balls originated from Europe. So, was the carnival.
- You can enjoy a Ball at Rio Scala nightclub. One of the best Balls is the Scala Gay Ball. Or go to the Copacabana Palace, one of the most iconic hotels of South America.
- It’s not necessary to wear costumes in all the Balls.
- Have fun with music, parades & drinking! Experience amazing street parties!
- The carnival offers so many activities.
- Beaches: At the beaches, there’s something for everyone during the carnival. Experience one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Head to Copacabana or Ipanema!
What will be the RIO carnival like in 2018?
- The carnival will begin with the crowning of King Momo.
- Winners’ Parade will be on the 17th of February.
- Latest technology will be used by the Samba schools for their parades. Definitely, the display will be much more entertaining.
- 473 bloco groups will be performing, mostly, in Zona Sul or the southern zone.
History of the Rio Carnival:
The Brazilian carnival has roots in cultural clashes between the African and the Portuguese. It used to be a food festival, signifying eating fully the last time before Lent, the period of frugality starting on Ash Wednesday. The word carnival is derived from “carne vale” which means “farewell to meat” in Latin. It originated as a Greek spring festival to pay regards to the wine gods. Samba grew quickly in Rio. The first school to teach Samba was Mangueira in 1928 and even in 2018, this year, it will be performing. Other old schools competing this year are Salgueiro, Beija, etc.
Tips for the carnival of RIO:
- Do not carry valuables along
- Be prepared for heavy crowds
- Plan in advance so that you can get the best seats.
- Buy tickets much in advance or it’ll be too late to book.
- Join a samba school to actually participate and enjoy the carnival.
- The Blocos organise the wildest parties.
- Samba music is blasted throughout the streets.
- The street parties are too rowdy and happen throughout the month of February.
Seating for Rio carnival:
Seats are divided into 4 categories according to the services & prices. You can go for the option that suits your budget. LIESA, the Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba do Rio de Janeiro, or the Independent League of the Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro, books last minute tickets, being the official ticket organiser.
Grandstands: The most economical seating in the cement, costing around $100, is sold on the spot using the first-come first-served policy. You cannot book these in advance.
Allocated zone: These seats are numbered.
Open boxes: Can accommodate up to 6 and have a coffee table as well.
Costly luxury suites: For up to 12 people.
Attractions near Rio de Janeiro:
Do not miss other attractions of the city if you are in Rio.
At the top of the Corcovado Mountain, world’s largest art deco statue is located. Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks Rio while spreading its arms. One of the seven New Wonders of the world, it was built in 1931. The statue can be visited between 8am to 7pm, all days of the week.
Enjoy the most talked about nightlife in Lapa, the main musical center of the city.
How to reach the RIO carnival:
All roads will take you to the carnival. You can rent a car, taxi or take a subway. Renting a car will make your trip more comfortable. You can travel to all the best attractions in and around the city in the comfort of your personal car. With a car rental, you will not be bound to the schedules of public transport.