Rio de Janeiro Carnival is worldwide famous as the biggest carnival in the world and each year it brings millions of people to the streets. The Wonderful City works hard to provide tons of fun during four days of Carnival. But, despite the official Carnival holiday - from February 22nd to February 25th -, people start to celebrate Carnival much earlier in Rio. Parties and parades start on January 12th and street blocks shake the city until March 1st.
Carnival 2020 at Copacabana Beach is going to use the same stage structure of Copacabana New Year's Eve. The first Carnival Block to perform in the stage is “Bloco da Favorita” with other artists on January 12th. Just remembering that this is not a street block/parade, but a gig. The street carnival starts on February 1st.
Rio de Janeiro promises to be small with so many Carnival attractions. More than 500 street blocks are expected during February, beyond Rio Samba Schools parade at Marquês de Sapucaí Avenue. The main street blocks in Rio de Janeiro are Banda de Ipanema, Simpatia (É Quase Amor), Afroreggae, Sargento Pimenta and Cordão do Bola Preta (the biggest street block in Rio Carnival). The street block parades happen throughout the city, passing by South and North Zones, Downtown, Barra da Tijuca, Barra, Recreio and Jacarepaguá.
Rio de Janeiro turns into a big party during the days of the Samba School’s parade at Sambódromo Marquês de Sapucai, on February 23rd and 24th! Each "carioca" (people from Rio de Janeiro city) cheers for their heart samba school and it’s so exciting to see it, even more, if you’re foreign. Carnival is considered one of the main parties of Rio de Janeiro.
If you are going to enjoy the Carnival at Sapucaí, pay attention to buy your ticket in advance. Tickets are already being sold for February 23rd e 24th and to the Champion’s Parade on February 29th. Find out more information about tickets here.
Check the order of Especial Group parade of Samba Schools at Marquês de Sapucaí:
Sunday, February 23rd
Estácio de Sá
Paraíso do Tuiuti
União da Ilha
Monday, February 24th
Unidos da Tijuca
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Many cities have a bus schedule to Rio de Janeiro. The arrival in Rio will be at Rio de Janeiro Bus Station, which is located at Francisco Bicalho Street, close to downtown.
The famous Sambódromo (officially called Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro) is located in Avenida Marquês de Sapucaí, downtown area of Rio de Janeiro.
Is possible to get from Rio de Janeiro Bus Station to the Sambódromo by subway. You should take a bus to Estácio Station and, from there, go into “Zona Sul” (south) direction. If you are going to Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools' Parade, you may pay attention to your ticket section in Sambodromo and get out at the nearest subway station as listed below:
To the even sections of Sambódromo (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12) you should get out at Praça Onze Station. Here you turn rigth twice and you will find the gate to enter into Sambódromo.
To the odd sections of Sambódromo (3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13) you should get out at Central do Brasil Station. After that, you can follow the way where most of the people are doing, until arriving at Sambódromo. The Carnival organization made a lot of signs to show the rigth way.
* The MetrôRio (subway) will work on a special schedule during Carnival days.
To get more information about tickets and Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools' Parade program, please access Rio Carnival website.
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