One of the biggest shows in the world and the most famous carnivals, the carnival of Rio de Janeiro vibrates every corner of the city at the rate of the party. Get lost in joy and revelry, among the comparsas and their followers, Carnival is lived all day and all night and even sits on its beaches. Are you gonna miss it?
Rio de Janeiro Carnival, the explosion of rhythm and colors
This party doesn’t leave anyone indifferent; even the dogs are dressed up by the beaches of Rio, no party is as global as this where no matter the age or where you come from, everyone enjoys equally the passion of samba and fun. One of the strongest dishes is the competition between Samba schools, a parade that takes place at the Sambódromo and which is one of the most expected events of the year. Attending Carnival is synonymous with witnessing delusional creativity, the explosion of rhythm and an experience you will never forget.
The Sambódromo has the capacity for 90,000 people, a concentration of people in which Joy Reigns. The rhythm of the samba is so contagious that finally the whole parade and the stands end up almost perfectly coordinated. The start of the parade is announced by fireworks that light up the night and the comparsas are set in motion with incredible energy.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not the best dancer, you’ll find yourself singing, clapping, screaming and moving (at the rhythm or not) invaded by some kind of ecstasy. You won’t have so many details, the music, the lights, the colors, the glitter, the flashes, the feathers, all surreal and vibrant. A real crazy dream.
The parade takes place over 700 meters and ends at Apotheose Square, which means euphoria. Very successful name when you discover that everyone is bathed in sweat, flooded with laughter and feeling. As soon as Carnival is over, Samba schools are beginning to prepare for the following year, as it is not a party taken lightly. Keep in mind that behind this fantastic show lies the work of many months of scenographers, composers, choreographers, dancers, singers and hundreds of people who make possible the magic of Rio Carnival.
The busiest nights this year will be February 8th and 9th, and getting tickets can be very expensive or even impossible. Don’t despair, February 13, performs the Parade of the Champions, which brings together the first six schools ranked and for which you can get tickets easily and at a lower price.
The city at this time is frantic; this year the excitement is even worse because it is also home to the Olympic Games. It is estimated that there are 5 million people on the streets by this date, of whom probably 1 million are not even from Brazil. If you plan to go sightseeing in addition to attending Carnival, you won’t have it easy. During these days everything is focused on Carnival, it would be normal for you to find yourself disguised, humming samba, drinking beer and partying.
However, if you want to take advantage of your visit to Rio de Janeiro to see its wonderful views from above keep in mind that you can do some things online. For example, to visit the famed Christ Redeemer you must take a train that goes to the top of the Corcovado, usually the queues and waiting are endless, but you can save time and book your tickets online. To get on the Sugar Loaf, you don’t have to worry; this privileged viewpoint has a platform so big that the process is not so tiring.
The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is a wonderful experience that you should feel at least once in your life. Would you like to live? Don’t regret it! You’ll still be shaking confetti and glitter when the Olympics start. If you are about to visit Brazil, you can continue reading “a beach for every traveler” or “Sao Paulo, the vibrant treasure of Brazil”.