Rio Carnival Festival – An Overview

All about the Rio Carnival Samba Parades, Balls and Parties

The beautiful land of Brazil plays host to the most celebrated event on the planet, the Rio Carnival, a weeklong celebration leading up to Lent in the Christian calendar. Known as the Greatest Show on Earth, thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Rio to experience sensational samba parades with the mesmerizing beats of the samba drums, and most importantly, costumed samba dancers in attire ranging from the intricately designed to the outrageous. While carnival parties are held throughout the city, the main action takes place at the Sambadrome where twelve Samba schools strut their stuff at the Samba Parade. Each school consists of samba dancers and musicians that proudly show off their talent after a year's hard work of creating a theme, a samba song, and plenty of handmade costumes.

Samba Schools Are Made of People

Samba Schools are made of PeopleAt the very heart of a samba school is its people from all lifestyles that represent a neighborhood in Rio. Every member works hard to create costumes for the sensuous samba dancers and build amazingly technical and colorful floats in the quest for the top spot at the Samba Parade. These schools are what make the parade so special. It isn't hard to feel the spirit of camaraderie and experience the depth and vibrancy of Brazilian culture expressed through music and dance at the Rio Carnival.

THE SAMBADROME IS RIO CARNIVAL PARTY GROUND

The samba schools spend almost a year choreographing and composing their samba song while some dedicate themselves to producing the most dazzling costumes to attract the judges' attention at the Sambadrome. The Sambadrome is an avenue with concrete structures on each side that seat thousands of visitors on all days of the Samba Parade. Each sector has specific types of seating arrangements where the most expensive are the 'camarotes' or luxury suite, to the open boxes or frisas and then, the bleachers or grandstands with open seating arrangements. Buy your Carnival tickets.

THE RIO CARNIVAL BALLS START WITH THE MAGIC BALL AT THE COPA

Apart from the Sambadrome, the party spills over onto every street in Rio, known to host some of the most glamorous Carnival balls held at various well known venues. One of the biggest extravaganzas is the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Beach Hotel with local and international celebrities joining in the celebrations. Scala, Rio's most famous night club hosts the Red and Black Ball, and the Gay Ball, one of the most sought after events during Carnival week. Many parades and street parties are hosted by the locals where everyone is free to join.

RIO DE JANEIRO IS MUCH MORE THAN THE BIGGEST SHOW ON EARTH

While Rio parties all night during the week, tourists have the opportunity experience local carioca culture at its best. Not to forget, some of the most beautiful beaches in Copacabana and Leblon. Children also put up their own show at the Sambadrome with a children's Samba Parade where kids from a cross section of society come together to showcase their talent. Adding to the excitement is Rio's tolerance for members of the alternative society who have the best opportunity to put up their own show. Gays, lesbians, and transvestites are an integral part of the Rio Carnival celebrations.

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