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2015 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

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When is Carnival?
2015 Carnival starts on Friday, February 13th and ends on Fat Tuesday, February 17th. For other years click here.

Which Carnival is the best in Brazil?
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Olinda and Salvador all clamor for this title. The Carnival in Rio is definitely the biggest and most famous, not just in Brazil but in the whole world. It is also the most visited. Hence Rio is dubbed the Carnival Capital of the Globe.

Where should I stay in Rio?
Try to stay in Southern Rio (the Zona Sul), which is not just the most beautiful and the safest area, but also offers the best infrastructure. Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon are the best, most up-market and priciest options, especially the last two. Botafogo, Lapa and Flamengo are more down-market but still within 15-20 minutes from Copacabana and Ipanema by subway, which runs 24 hours during Carnival.

When should I book?
Book flights and accommodation at least 4 months in advance.
Get your Samba Parade tickets as early as possible. The best tickets sell out early and prices usually increase as time passes.

Which events should I attend?
Rio Carnival's highlight is the Samba Parade. Go to a few balls, join in as many street parties and street band processions as you can, both downtown (Centro) and in Southern Rio (the Zona Sul). Sample at least one samba school night rehearsal.

Which are the best street parties?
The street band of Ipanema is the most famous and flamboyant one. The parties downtown (e.g. Cordão do Bola Preta) are the biggest.

Which are the best balls?
The most popular ones are the Gay Gala and the Black Beads Party in the Scala. A selected few participate in the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace.

When and where can I buy my tickets?
You should buy your Samba Parade tickets as early as possible. Buy tickets for the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace and some Scala balls also somewhat in advance. See ticket details for all events.

What is a samba school?
It is an association of people of the same neighborhood preparing for the Samba Parade and entertaining the public with samba nights. They are not actual samba teaching institutions as their name may suggest.

Where can I learn to samba?
The best way to learn it just by watching others. Then have a go. You do not have to join a samba school. They do not offer courses or classes. Just go to a samba night at a school, watch and learn.

How can I participate?
Join in the street parties and march with the street bands. For the absolute knock-out experience, parade yourself in costume in the Sambodromo!

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How do I change the name on file?

Accounts should have your name exactly as it appears on your passport (ID card for Brazilians). It cannot be changed.

How do I change the e-mail address on file?
You will only have to send your request with a copy of your passport to the fax number provided when required.

Which items are change or refundable?
The Account Holder has the right to cancel any item of an order within 7 calendar days after payment and the Buyer is eligible to a full refund for the final Brazilian real value paid for that item (inc. our Administration Fee).
After 7 days:
Hotel and costume orders are final. They are non-changeable and non-refundable.
Samba Parade ticket orders are changeable and refundable until December 15th, 2014.
Ball tickets and Sambodromo Round Transfer orders are changeable and refundable until January 15th, 2015.
Tours are changeable and refundable until January 31st, 2015.
They are non-changeable and non-refundable thereafter.

How do I change or cancel my order?
To change or get a refund for any changeable and refundable item, you will have to initiate the cancellation of those items on your Personal Account page, after November 1st.
We will formalize your request on a Request Form which we will send to your e-mail address.
You will only have sign and send the Request Form with a copy of your passport to the fax number on the Form and we will cancel those items.
You can then order and pay for your new items, if you want any instead of the canceled ones.
We will credit the price paid for the canceled items to the payer's credit/debit card used for the original order within 7 business days, after the deduction of the the Administration Fee you paid for the canceled items.

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2014 February 28th
2015 February 13th
2016 February 5th
2017 February 24th
2018 February 9th