The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is possibly the biggest art show in the world: it’s a party that lasts 4 days and 4 nights, always from Saturday to Tuesday and just before you begin Lent (do not worry, on Friday night you will also find carnival and the weekend before too). For Cariocas and Brazilians, in general, the carnival is the most important event of the year: it’s time to open their culture to the world and to be displayed as they are, cheerful, spontaneous and with a wild desire to have fun.
The Carnival of Rio officially begins with the coronation of King Momo by the mayor of Rio, as of this symbolic event begin the thousands of festivals scheduled throughout the city. Cariocas are people who live a lot on the street, thanks to its climate, but they do it even more for the carnival, crowding the streets, beaches, bars, restaurants… both during day and night. Besides, every year thousands of tourists go to Rio to fully enjoy the Carnival in Rio and its beaches.
The best Carnival samba
There are many ways to live the Carnival of Rio; there are so many different activities and festivities that you can go for 2 or 3 years in a row and still live new experiences.
The first thing that comes to mind about the Carnival of Rio is the parade of samba schools in the Sambadrome. It is one of the most important events, and it is held between Sunday and Monday.
In the Sambadrome, the samba schools parade to be crowned as the best school of Carnival. Every school can include more then 5.000 people in the parade, and each one previously chose a theme. The parade is an artistic spectacle full of color and magic, it is worth seeing and we can even participate! But we need to dance samba with a little grace and get ready to pay: watching the parade from the stands can cost between 60 and 1.000€.
The best Carnival in Rio is lived in the streets
If you do not have much budget, do not worry, because most of the activities of the Carnival of Rio are free and organized in the street. Each neighborhood organizes its own festival; best known as comoblocos. It is said that they are the best parties in Rio!
The “blocos” are music bands that meet in a particular place and begin to march through the streets of Rio. The most famous ones can be assembled by easily more then 200.000 people, and many times they have to modify their route so less participants can come. The most popular blocos in town are Cordão do Bola, Simpatia E Quase Amor and Monobloco, which parades along Avenida Rio Branco and has more than 800.000 participants.
There are many blocos, some more curious than others, such as Que merda e essa !! in Leblon beach, that always has a social or protest content: their costumes are songs are worth experiencing. Another funny one is bloco Carmelitas: the story tells that there was a nun who escaped the convent to attend the parades, and thus all the participants are dreesed as nuns.
Other famous blocos are Suvaco do Cristo and Banda de Ipanema, very popular among the gay community. There are countless blocos and parties, so you only have to choose the one that calls your attention the most or just leave your hotel in Rio de Janeiro and follow the music. In fact, it is common to walk from one bloco to the other. The Carnival of Rio is a huge party that never ends: if after the parade you still feel like partying, you can always end up in a club or in Lapa, the area in town with the best party atmosphere, and a real buzz of people in Carnival.
Other famous blocos are Suvaco do Cristo and Band Ipanema very popular among the gay community. There are countless blocos and holiday just a matter of choosing the most call attention or just leave your hotel in Rio de Janeiro and follow up where we bring music, in fact normally go on bloco bloco changing. Rio Carnival is a huge party that never ends, if after the shows we want more party can always end up in a nightclub or near Lapa, near the city’s progress and that in times of carnivals is a definite buzz of people.