Carnaval Travel guide

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The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723.

The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio (more than 200 approximately, divided into 5 leagues/ divisions). A samba school is composed of a collaboration of local neighbours that want to attend carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical common background.

The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

One of the many main purposes of the Rio carnival parade is for samba schools to compete with their sisters samba-schools; this competition is the climax of the whole carnival festival in this city, related to the samba-schools environment.

The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

Each school chooses a theme to try to portray with their entry. The samba schools work to build the best floats, costumes, lyrics, aesthetics, to represent their themes (in Carnival terminology called "enredo"), and to include the best music they can from their drumming band called the bateria.

The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnival Tickets: In 1984 the government decided to give Rio Carnival its new home in the Sambadrome. Today, some of the most infamous events of Rio Carnival are ticketed events. There are different types of Sambodromo tickets that are available for purchase. Grandstand tickets are general admissions tickets that are available on a first come-first serve basis and are not allocated ahead of time.

The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival ticket prices can vary from US$ 55 to US$ 3000. Depending of the ticket type, sector and season. The cheapest sector are 12 and 13.

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