Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Friday, February 9, 2024 - 00:00 to Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 23:45
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Carnival is perhaps one of the best-known cultural festivals in the world. With its roots in Catholicism, this festival takes place every year before Lent. Although Carnival is celebrated in almost 70 countries around the world, there is no question that the largest and most spectacular event takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Several hundred samba schools train for months leading up to the big event, a 4-day parade through the magnificent Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí. Each samba school performs in front of over 80,000 spectators inside the arena where they are also judged by their singing, dancing, costumes, and parade floats. Dancers are adorned in colourful feathers, sequins, and glitter. Parade floats are massive and often towering high above spectators below. An abundance of light, music, and rhythm flood the arena and pour into the streets.

Beyond the parade, there are around 600 block parties called “blocos” taking place throughout the city. Street vendors are on every corner are dishing out traditional Brazilian foods such as Caipirinhas and some of the best street food in the world. The delicious scent of fried pastels (deep fried pastries), coxinhas (fried croquettes), and espetinhos (skewered meat) fill the air.

Experiencing Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The vibrant energy of the crowds, the spectacle of elaborate costumes, and the heart pounding rhythm of samba music is what makes this festival both mesmerizing and magical.

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