Carnival in Rio is one of the most famous and popular parties in the world. It`s considered the biggest party in the world. Are you ready to celebrate Brazil’s Carnaval and enjoy the biggest Carnival parade?
Thousands of people in lavish costumes fill the streets, with samba in their hearts and caipirinhas in their cups. From the young to old, everyone dances during Carnival.
After the Portuguese brought the Lent holiday tradition in the 1500s, the combination of indigenous costumes and African rhythms turned Brazilian Carnival into a grand party, unlike anything else in the world.
As a celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday, it is rumored that the name actually comes from “Carne Vale,” meaning goodbye meat. To prepare for 40 days of abstinence, people lose all inhibitions with wild parties of sin in honor of King Momo, the King of Carnival.
When is the Carnival in Rio?
The right answer is: Every year is different because of Carnival in Rio beggings Friday before Ash Wednesday, in other words, 51 days to Easter.
The official dates of the 2021 Carnaval in Rio will happen February 12-17, with parties starting a few weeks before. The whole city is preparing to dance at Carnival and enjoy a big holiday.
The most characteristic wonders of Rio’s Carnival include Samba School Parades and street parties. If you plan to visit as a tourist, make sure you bring your dancing shoes. Jokes on the side you don't need much to have fun and watch Carnival parade. In fact, Rio Samba Dancer takes you to dance at Carnival in Rio.
How is the weather in Rio during carnival?
Usually, February is a wet and warm time in Rio de Janeiro, also the sunniest month, however last year (2020) rained almost every day, we recommend bringing at least one raincoat with you.
Where should I stay during Carnival?
During the Carnival in Rio, there are hundreds of street parties in every neighborhood of Rio. As you wander the streets, you find bands and blocos of marching parades, drums, vocalists, and classic Brazilian samba music.
In conclusion, we always recommend staying next to the beach. Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, or Leme. However, if you prefer to enjoy more your nightlife you can stay around Lapa. Botafogo stays in the middle and usually is cheaper than beach neighbors.
Dance Samba at the street Parties
Where the locals go to enjoy the carnival in Rio? The simple answer is Blocos. Usually, that website gives you time, location of all blocos. Wait until January 2021 to get your list.
How are the blocos?
Blocos are a very fun and great atmosphere however keep your eyes open for the pickpockets. In general, they are very safe.
People dance all around, with strangers, with friends, with family. You can show up in costume or come as you are, just make sure you are ready to dance! Put your costume and come to the street party. We recommend bringing cash with you so you can buy your drinks faster and void show your wallet.
Don`t have a costume? Not a problem, first get the metro, second, stop in Uruguaiana station and finally, you will find lots of stores to buy your own costume. Don`t have to be very fancy, just be creative.
Samba School Parades
Rio’s unique Carnaval celebrations revolve around their 12 samba schools. Each school has about 3,000-5,000 members and puts on an elaborate show using dancing, percussion, and costumes to tell a story.
The schools compete in the Sambodromo for pride, honor, and the chance to be recognized internationally for their performance.
Eight-thousand people fill the stadium to watch the fierce competition unfold. Tickets to the Samba School Parades are in high demand and can be very expensive.
Everyone can dance on Carnival Parade?
Yes. To make a great show, samba schools spend so much money and they get this money from many sides like sponsors, government and also selling a few spaces in the school to everyone participating. Usually, it's hard to get one of these spaces or can be not so safe, however, Rio Samba Dancer offers a great package for you.