Rio Scala Balls

The Rio Scala Balls, the Private Parties are Part of Carnival Tradition

Just as famous as Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio is the Scala Rio Nightclub. Every inch of the club's 3000 square meters of space is packed to capacity during the Rio Carnival. The club, located in downtown Rio next to the City Theater, sets the stage for a series of balls that culminate with the electrifying and sensational Gay Costume Ball, where drag queens, transvestites, gays, and straight people come together to have one last party before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Rio Scala Balls are well attended with a large tourist crowd joining in the celebrations with the locals on all five nights of the carnival.

The Mangueira Carnival Ball – Swing to the samba with Brazil's top samba school

Rio Scala BallsTo witness the very best samba performances the Mangueira Carnival Ball is an event you cannot afford to miss. In attendance is the Mangueira Samba School with its very same professional troupe of dancers, drummers, and flag bearers that set alight the Rio Sambadrome during the carnival. While the drummers have the crowd in frenzy with their intoxicating rhythms, sensuous samba dancers captivate the audience with their fluid moves. Mangueira is one of the oldest samba schools so you can expect an enthralling performance that will keep you on the dance floor till the wee hours of the morning. This is one of the Rio Scala Balls where you have the opportunity to mingle with the samba school or else you need to head to the Rio Sambadrome where you won't be as close up as you would at the Scala. Buy your Mangueira Ball Ticket.

The Cordao do Bola Preta

Cordao do Bola Preta is a band that gather thousands of people on the streets during Rio Carnival. One of the most popular street bands of Rio, they always parade in black and white polka dots clothes which is their mark. The 2019 Cordao do Bola Preta Ball will be held on Friday March 05th. Cordao do Bola Preta is known for the music that they play called "Marchinha", a kind of music that is a symbol of the ancient and the traditional street parties of Rio. Buy your Cordao do Bola Preta Ball Ticket.

The Red and Black Ball – This event is suspended

Brazilians love their football and Rio pays tribute to their local team, Flamengo, at the Red and Black Ball. In addition to a host of football celebrities, you will find TV stars, supermodels, and other many of Rio's well-known personalities joining in the merrymaking to experience the true spirit of the carnival. This event is suspended, but on the same day, you can attend Cordao do Bola Preta Ball instead.

The Gay Costume Ball – Revel through the night in gay abandon

The Gay Costume BallThe series of Rio Scala Balls come to an end with the Gay Costume Ball where everyone parties with 'gay' abandon. This is the night were you will find the most glitzy, glamorous, and often outlandish costumes worn by drag queens, transvestites, gays, lesbians, and even the straight crowd. Although the Gay Costume Ball is the final bash before the season of Lent, the energy levels are as high or even higher as compared to the first day of the carnival. It doesn't matter what your sexual orientation is, this is one of the hottest of the Rio Scala Balls you ought to attend. From playboy bunnies to flapper girls and dancing queens, gays come dressed in costumes that have everyone in awe on this occasion. Make a date with the Scala on the 08th of February 2019. Guaranteed you will end your carnival experience on a high note. Buy your Gay Costume Ball Ticket.

Other Rio Scala Balls to attend

The Marvelous City Ball on Sunday, March 03rd, 2019 is held in honor of the city of Rio where cariocas gear up for a night of non-stop dancing in true carioca fashion. For a night of free beer and carnival music, the Scala invites you to the Ball of the Beer, where beer flows freely and frenzied costumed revelers hit the dance floor to the titillating beats of the samba. Don't miss this event on Monday 04th March 2019. Make sure you attend at least one of the Rio Scala Balls during the carnival. Buy your Rio Scala Ball Ticket.

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