Rio de Janeiro Carnival
Rio Carnival – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a festival held every year before Lent and considered the biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723. It is celebrated in honour of the gods and to respect the great waters.
Samba music is at the center of the revelry, with over 200 samba schools vying for their share of the spotlight in the many colorful parades.
Get a seat at the Sambodromo for a ringside view of the action or suit up and hit one of the numerous street parties in different parts of this reverberating metropolis. Brazil also hosts several other prominent carnivals across the country. While you’re here, check these amazing Brazilian carnival destinations beyond Rio.
A samba school is composed of a collaboration of local neighbours that want to attend the carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical and common background.
Made of ten to fifteen people, the “comissão de frente” introduces the school and sets the mood and style of their presentation. These people have choreographed dances in fancy costumes that usually tell a short story. Following the “comissão de frente” is the first float of the samba school, called “abre-alas”.
Held every year during the week leading up to Lent, Rio Carnival attracts visitors from all corners the globe. It is inconceivable to think of Rio without thinking of its unrivaled Carnival. Anticipation builds and the excitement grows as Carnival time gets closer and closer. Without a doubt, this is the favorite holiday celebration in Rio.
The Carnival begins on Friday and ends on Ash Wednesday, but the Winners’ Parade happens on the Saturday after the carnival ends.