Carnaval, is basically, the parade of Rio Samba Schools, in Marquês de Sapucaí street, showed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1984. Sambodromo is used for concerts, events or for sports – like it was for the Olympics (2016).
On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th, small schools – beginners – will have a parade. On Sunday 27th and Monday 28th, it will be the “special group”, best schools worldwide. It’s a show prepared for a year, and a jury is evaluating everything, but remaining a place where sambistas, tourists and danceurs are mixed.

On Saturday 4th of March, the “champion parade” where winners show their happiness to everyone!


They are blocos (bands) dancing and playing on the street all day day long in Rio's streets. It begins way before the official carnaval, it's for free and the atmosphere is amazing. You can find blocos from 300 to 1.000.000 participants (cordão de bola preta, monobloco...) and with a multitude of music styles (samba, marchinha de carnaval, electro, funk - favela's - remix of Beatles...). So, have a look, you'll find your happiness.