Carnival (Carnaval) 2014 in Rio de Janeiro
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The Carnival is a national holiday in Brazil, from Friday night to the following Wednesday noon. Most Brazilians continue the holiday until the following Monday, a total of 10 days. While many Rio habitants leave the city for quiet places, many tourists (including Brazilians) arrive Rio to participate in the Carnival celebrations.
The carnival parades are taking place in the Sambodromo, located close to the city center. The parades start at 20:00 or 21:00 (depending on the date) and ends around 4:00 in the morning. There are several parades in Rio's Sambodromo:
SAMBA SCHOOLS PARADES during Carnival
Friday - Junior and Group B Samba Schools
Junior Samba Schools
Saturday - GROUP A = Grupo de Acesso A
There are 10 large and important schools that parade on Saturday with
costumes and allegoric cars. The champion of this parade ascends to the
Special Group next year, while the looser of the main parades will join
Group A next year.
Sunday and Monday - Special Group - Main parades
A total of 12 Samba schools parade on Sunday and Monday. (Until Carnival 2007, the number of Samba schools
was 13, and was reduced from 2008).
Saturday after the Carnival - Champions Saturday = Winners Parade.
The Samba Schools winners of the Special Group, from Sunday and Monday, parade on Saturday after the Carnival. This parade is not as good as the Main parades, as part of the participants in the original parade do not re-appear. Official tickets are sold at half price of the Special group tickets. However, you may be charged the black market price. We recommend to avoid this parade, unless if you can't afford the parades on Sunday or Monday.
The participants of the Carnival in March 2004 predicted that the price of the oil will go up several months later ...;-) Click the picture to enlarge it. The building at the back is Sector 2 - See Sambodromo info. See additional Photos of Carnival 2004, 2005 and 2006.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE CARNIVAL PARADES
The schools belonging to the Special Group are affiliated to the Independent League of Samba schools in Rio (LIESA). Each school has approx. 5,000 participants including celebrated Brazilian show-business and jet-set personalities.
Everyone can attend the rehearsals that take place in weekends. The most popular samba school is Mangueira who receives up to 10,000 visitors on Saturdays. The entrance fee is in the range of 30 R$.
Mangueira - Rua Visconde de Niteroi 1072 - Mangueira - Tel: 3872- 6786/2567.4637
Salgueiro - Rua Silva Teles, 104 - Andarai - Phone: 2288-3065 - Saturdays from 22:00 hours
Unidos da Tijuca - Rua Sao Miguel430 - Tijuca - Phone 2263-9836 - Saturdays
Imperio Serrano. Avenida Ministro Edgard Romero, 114, Madureira, 2489-8722 or 2489-5696. Saturdays from 23:00 hours
Portela. Rua Clara Nunes, 81, Madureira, 2489-6440. Fridays from 23:00 hours
Vila Isabel. Avenida Boulevard Vinte e Oito de Setembro, nº 382, Vila Isabel, 2578-0077 or 2576-4120. Saturdays from 22:00 hours
Other schools (check availability in the web site):
Sambodromo (where the Carnival parade takes place). These rehearsals can be watched from the tier of seats and entrance is free of charge. Many local people arrive to these rehearsals, and it becomes very crowded.
The ticket prices for the tourist sectors for the 2013 Carnival Parade are
listed below. The prices are estimated, in US$.
See Sector location in the Sambodromo Map
See how the carnival parade carts are mounted
It happens only 4 days a year - On the day of the carnival parade, the carts are mounted near the Sambodromo. It is an interesting experience to see how it is done. Go and see the street near the Sambodromo !
- Do not forget your entrance tickets - Drinks and food (drinks and hamburgers
are also sold inside, but the quality is not as in the city) - Cameras and Binoculars - If using Subway (Metro) Purchase in advance Metro tickets -
avoid long lines Make sure you rest enough before the show - you will
stay awake until the morning...
- Do not forget your entrance tickets- Rain Coats and Umbrellas - it normally rains during the parades...
- Drinks and food (drinks and hamburgers are also sold inside, but the quality is not as in the city)
- Cameras and Binoculars
- If using Subway (Metro) Purchase in advance Metro tickets - avoid long lines- Cushions (Also sold at the entrance)
Make sure you rest enough before the show - you will stay awake until the morning...