Rio Carnival Balls

Rio Carnival Balls are the Famous Private Parties of Carnival in Rio

There is no time for respite during the Rio Carnival and the 2019 Carnival promises to bring you even more parades, partying, music, and dancing. While every nightclub and bar throws a five-day long party, Rio Carnival balls at prominent locations like the Copacabana Palace Hotel draw the elegantly dressed and costumed elite. For 5 days and nights Rio throws an extraordinary party with brilliantly colorful parades held throughout the city and the Sambadrome. There is also lots of action at the Rio Carnival balls where visitors join in the mayhem.

History of the Rio Carnival Balls

Rio's Carnival celebrations originated from pagan spring festivals where many of them were frenzied parties. The celebrations were greatly influenced by African rhythms that led to the samba becoming the main feature of the Carnival. The first masked ball was held in Rio in 1849 followed by another in the 1870s, after which Rio Carnival balls became a regular feature. The Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel was among the first to host a Carnival ball. With Rio becoming more westernized and catching up with the nightclub culture, the celebrations spread to other places like the Scala Rio Nightclub and the Theatre Palacio. Many of these hotels and nightclubs are filled to capacity during the Carnival with revelry continuing almost non-stop for 5 days and nights. The dance floors are always packed with samba dancers in the most creative and skimpy clad costumes that only add to the intensity of the atmosphere.

Copacabana Magic Ball

The Copacabana Magic Ball

The most elite event of all Rio Carnival balls is the Copacabana Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel. The rich and famous from all around the globe walk the red carpet at the Copacabana Hotel where high fashion and five star services add to all the pomp and circumstance of the glittering event. Tickets for the Magic Ball command the highest price. However, budget permitting, this event is not worth missing if you happen to be in Rio during Carnival. With the 2019 Carnival around the corner it would be wise to make your reservations now. Two samba bands entertain the crowds through the night with a traditional Carnival buffet and drinks served by the finest chefs from the Copacabana Palace Hotel.

The Scala Rio Balls

Located in downtown Rio, the Carnival balls at the Scala Rio Nightclub are the next biggest parties in the city. The club hosts six of the most popular Rio Carnival balls known as the Scala Rio Balls, which include the infamous Gay Gala Ball that attracts a flamboyant crowd from drag queens to cross dressers and transvestites. The other trendy balls like the Cordao do Bola Preta Ball, the Long Live the Beer! Ball, and the Marvelous City Ball are just as lively and extravagant as the Gay Gala Ball that is televised throughout the nation. No matter which ball you attend you can expect to have an enthralling night filled with music and dancing, carioca style.


The Fabulous Street Parties

There is no dearth of street parties in Rio during the Carnival. Every street corner plays host to Carnival street bands that attract huge crowds with the mesmerizing sounds of the samba. Everyone is invited to join the party and you can expect to drink and dance the night away without having to pay a penny. These fabulous street parties are the best way to experience the carioca style of celebrating. During your visit, you cannot afford to miss these free Rio Carnival balls that continue non-stop during the 5 days of the Carnival.

Tickets for the 2019 Rio Carnival Balls

Tickets to the 2019 Rio Carnival Balls are now available but are, like always, selling out fast. However, it is wise to book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment, especially if you plan to join the celebrations at the Magic Ball or Scala Rio Balls. Most balls offer two types of tickets. VIP box tickets include a table and dinner for two, while standing tickets are the more affordable option that includes only entry to the event. All tickets provide access to the ballrooms.

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