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Rio Carnival 2024, from 09 to 17 February. What to see in Brazil

Rio Carnival

WHERE: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
WHEN: from 09 to 17 February 2024

Lights. Colors. Sounds. Rhythm.
Raise your hand if you have not fantasized, at least once in your life, on the Rio de Janeiro Carnival.
One of the most famous and important events in the world, which transforms the whole city into an immense samba track. This is the Carnival par excellence. The most incredible, spectacular, and extravagant party in the world.
The event to which everyone should participate, at least once in their life.

You can have fun, and unleash yourself, with dancing and wild music, highly contagious.
Between unique and incredible choreographies and sparkling costumes, often over the top.
A show of which, great protagonists, are the sumptuous parades and, of course, the seductive dancers, whose movements are famous all over the world.
Without forgetting, of course, dancers, Drag Queen…

Because, the Rio Carnival is also an extraordinary feast of aggregation and tolerance for all the communities. Straight. Gay. Lesbos. Transsexual. All ready to throw themselves into the fray, and to have fun on the streets and in the clubs. Between official events, and impromptu parties. Every day, at all hours.
Street parties are, of course, the most beautiful and enthralling. Totally free, follow more or less predetermined routes, increasing in number, thanks to new participants who join the party. No network, or barrier, between the public and the parade. You simply have to dive into the crowd, between dancers and semi-nude dancers, to the rhythm of samba.

And then there is, obviously, the Sambodromo, the Rio Carnival stadium that hosts tens of thousands of spectators.

This could be the perfect time to learn how to dance the samba, learn about the local culture, and relax on a wonderful beach. You are still in Rio de Janeiro!




The international airport of Rio de Janeiro – Galeao, is located less than 20 km from the center. You can move easily by bus and public transport.

Events, more or less official, take place throughout Rio. You can easily get there on foot and with convenient public transport.
Il Sambadrome, is the official site of the Rio Carnival Parade. In operation all year round, it is located at R. Marquês de Sapucaí – Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro.
From here, numerous bus lines operate.
The train station Central Do Brasil, it is about 1,2 km away. Nearby, there is the Tram Tram stop L2, VLT-Central.


This year, after last year’s exception, the event returns to February. Here are the main events of the Rio de Janeiro Carnivals, with dates, times and eventual tickets


The Sambodromo hosts the Samba Parade, that is, the sumptuous parades organized by the Rio de Janeiro dance schools. A real competition between 12 dance schools, for four dates. The official competition is divided into seven divisions. Each school performs for 80 minutes. In the end, the school will be awarded for the best annual performance.
Appointment on 09 and 10 February with the Preliminary Parades. On 10 and 11, however, there will be the main parades. The Champions Parade will take place on Saturday 17 April.


To attend the event, it is necessary to purchase an entrance ticket.
The price varies depending on the date and, above all, on the sector.
The cheapest prices are for the Grandstands (sectors 2 to 12). Most of them are numbered and have a starting price of $24. The seats are located in sector 12, with prices between $84 and $121. Obviously, prices rise, and even dramatically, moving in the sector, reaching even over $1000.
This is the case, for example, of the Folia Tropical and Super Folia areas, both located in Sector 6 of the Sambodromo, in the center of the whole party. The first is an area that hosts just 100 people; offers entertainment, open-bar, buffet and even transfer to Leblon and Barra da Tijuca. Even more exclusive is the Super Folia area, inside the first, with a capacity of just 150 people with champagne and super exclusive areas! Often, you will find illustrious personalities from the political and social life of the country. Appropriate clothing is even required.
Tickets tend to sell out easily, which is why it is advisable to purchase them well in advance.


The dances. The songs. Sensual dancers. Street parties are a bomb of energy
You can live them throughout the period, especially on Sunday and Monday of the Carnival.
Of parties, sometimes improvised, you will find hundreds of them all over Rio de Janeiro.

The best street parties are those organized by BLOCKS and by BANDS.
They march through predetermined paths, growing from minute to minute, with new participants met during the journey.
The parties organized by Bafo do Onca e Cacique de Ramos, during the Rio Carnival, they are considered an institution.

Banda de Ipanema, instead, it is the true icon of the Rio Carnival. For many, his parties are the best in Rio. The great procession starts from General Osorio Park at 16:00; then, it continues along Vieira Souto Avenue and Rua Visconde de Piraja, before returning to the starting point.


These are the most elegant and luxurious festivals of the Rio Carnival, organized in the most prestigious hotels in the city. They are also particularly expensive.
Among the most famous parties, the Magic Ball al Copacabana.
For those who do not want to spend crazy figures, we recommend the Scala night club that organizes 6 different parties, for all tastes.

The program, timetable and all information contained herein are for information purposes only and are not to be considered OFFICIAL.

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