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Rio Carnival 2018

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Rio Carnival 2018 starts on Friday, February 24th and ends on February 28th.
The best schools parade again on Saturday, March 3rd.

Rio Carnival 2018 Events

Samba Parades in the Sambodromo

Rio Carnival has become world-famous through the Samba Parade, a show, a display and competition of the Rio samba schools. The two major days are Carnival Sunday and Monday (February 11th and 12th). The second best option is the Champions´ Parade on Saturday, February 17th.

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There are 4 different parades in the Sambodromo.

1. Samba Schools in the First League (the Special Group)
Sunday, February 11th and Monday, February 12th - See time-table
This is "THE" Parade, the highlight of Rio Carnival. The must-see show which has made Rio de Janeiro the Carnival capital of the world. The whole big world of Carnival revolves around those two nights.
The schools in this group are especially magnificent and sumptuous.
The two nights are similar in terms of set-up. 6 of the best 12 samba schools parade on both Sunday and Monday.

2. Champions' Parade
February 17th- See time-table
The 6 best samba schools of the First League (the Special Group) parade in all their splendor once more, with fireworks.

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3. Preliminary Parades of the Second League Schools
Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th - See time-table
There are 14 samba schools in this group, following the best 12 schools in the First League (the Special Group). The winner of this parades ascends to the First League (the Special Group) next year.

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4. Children's Samba Schools
Fat Tuesday, February 13th, 19:00 (doors open at 17:00)
Free admission
These are branches of the big samba schools, formed by children of each community.
Their parade follows the pattern of the big schools. Entrance to this parade is free (except the Front Boxes and Luxury Suites).

Street Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

2018 Rio Carnival Balls

Rio de Janeiro, as the City of Carnival, offers a selection of Carnival balls. You should not miss them. You won't have to spend a fortune to have a great time. Tickets to most balls will cost you around U$150 to U$300. The exception is the most famous luxury hotel Copacabana Palace's Magic Ball. There are other great balls in Rio Scala. Clube dos Caiçaras and the Hard Rock Cafe's Kid's Party also organize animated costume balls for adults and children. There are more balls city-wide, based on some particular themes, such as nights for singles, etc.

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Costumes are not mandatory, with the exception of at a few balls. Putting on one will help you get in the right mood and will make the night even more special. Bear in mind however that Rio is the capital of Carnival and costume standards are very high.

A true Carnival ball features live music and samba rules the floor. The percussion groups are full of vigor and can be just as loud as loud-speakers in a night club.

The Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace Hotel
Saturday, February 10th, from 23:00
This legendary ball is not just the high point of the night but also the most famous Carnival ball; the natural choice for glamour and sophistication. Luxury costume or black tie/evening dress is required, and a number of international and local VIPs are always among the guests. All tickets include buffet dinner and free open bar. There are different tickets for the individual dining rooms. All tickets provide access to all ballrooms. Best value is the standing ticket. Although it has no seat assigned, tables are available in the balcony and other areas close to the buffet.

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Scala Balls

In its 40-odd year, the Scala nightclub offers thematic dances every night during Carnival, having the grandest indoor carnival parties of the city. The venue is big and very well-known.
Venue: Rio Scala - Avenida Treze de Maio 23, Centro
Standing, Table or VIP tickets available.
VIP tickets include unlimited alcoholic drinks (whiskey and sparkling wine are limited), a free buffet with sushi, fruits and a snack bar.

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Black Beads Balls
Friday, February 9th

This night celebrates and is dedicated to the carnival street band "Cordão do Bola Preta". It is one of the most popular ball nights. Go wearing a black polka dot t-shirt is a tip.

Mangueira Samba School Ball
Saturday, February 10th

It is a good opportunity to experience the music and atmosphere of one of the most traditional and well-known samba schools (Mangueira) without having to visit its club (the rehearsal arena). The School will have it all - its drummers, the main samba dancers and the flag carrying couple. It is a true and real samba night; you can dance all night or just watch and enjoy the crowd. This is a traditional event which happens every year. Put on something with the colors of this Samba School (green and pink).

Gay Gala Ball
Tuesday, February 13th
23:00pm - 7:00 a.m.
This is probably the most famous ball in the series. A truly exotic collection of characters take to the two floors and a grand entrance is de rigueur. The ball is broadcast to the whole of Brazil. It attracts a flamboyant crowd with lots of drag queens and their admirers on TV. Wear a gay costume is not necessary.
It is very popular with all folks and not only gay audience.

Samba Land (Terreirão do Samba)

February 9-12, February 8-9
19:00 - 6:00 a.m.

This is an open-air space that resurrects the atmosphere of Praça Onze, a big square downtown near the Sambodromo, which is the cradle of samba as samba music is supposed to have been born around here.

Samba Land is officially inaugurated before Carnival, functioning at full steam through all the nights of the festivities. You can go, have a bite and drinks in one of the 50 food stands. You will be listening to a big variety of music with live concerts on the stage.
Venue: Praça Onze, Centro (Downtown)
Admission: available on the door (around 10US$)

Merry Making in Lapa

All Carnival nights (Friday-Tuesday) from 20:00 until dawn
It takes place around the Arches of Lapa, where the young usually gather on Friday nights all year around. Rio Carnival has been long known as a nursery for novelties of rhythm and styles. It always has pleasant surprises featuring concerts ranging from traditional Brazilian music to the latest trends.
There is a popular eating area with small drink and barbecue stands. Lots of alcohol and cheap "junk" food.
Venue: Arcos da Lapa - Lapa

Street Parties

From Carnival Saturday to Tuesday, open-air dances take place throughout the city. The emphasis is on joy and spontaneity. The biggest and most organized one is on Cinelândia Square.

Apart from organized street dances, people also simply gather outside little corner bars, booze away and have fun in the street. The place which attracts the biggest crowd is outside the Sambodromo, on Samba Parade days. Along the beaches, every afternoon has some street band lighting your spirit to start your night.

Popular street dance at Cinelândia
February 9-13
17:00 - 3:00 a.m.

The open-air party lasts for five days to the sounds of acclaimed orchestras and singers. These are symbols of carnival music, reviving the atmosphere of the grand carnival balls of the past.

There is a stage on the square with idols and the most well-known singers of the times of early radio (from the 40-60s) - good, old Brazilian-Rio music, mainly samba. The crowd (mainly older and working-class people) join in and dance away to the tunes. Venue: Praça Floriano, Cinelândia, Centro (Downtown).

Outside the Sambodromo
On Samba Parade nights, it does not only get packed inside the Sambodromo but, before, during and after the Parade, thousands of people gather on the streets that could not get in. They are also joined by those who parade in costume and just want to party more, making the crowd even more colorful with their fancy-dresses. It turns the whole downtown area into a huge and lively open-air bar.

Rio Carnival 2018

Parade Rehearsals in the Community

These are real parade rehearsals with the participants and the drummers more or less in place, marching through the streets. However they happen in the schools´communities which are sometimes far away and in very impoverished areas. You can go to watch this type of rehearsal of any school but you can only participate in your own school's parade.

Parade Rehearsals in the Sambodromo

There are grand rehearsals that take place on the samba runway in the Sambodromo itself. It is almost like the Samba Parade without costumes and floats (usually, they are replaced by buses) and with less participants. They start in December and there will be a few almost every weekend.

The last rehearsal in the Sambodromo takes place last Sunday before Carnival
Sunday, February 4th
21:00 - 23:00

Testing of lights and sound with the Samba School Portela, the 2017 Grand Champion. You can go and watch it. It's an experience on its own, you can try the view from all sectors and on top, it's free.
You can experiment most grandstand sectors, although it will be very busy. It is a good opportunity to warm you up for the great party that will develop during the Samba Parade and see it all in preparation.

After the rehearsal, there will be a large free street party with very good live samba music and people dancing on the samba runway. Some wear costumes and colorful dresses. It makes an exciting night out.

Outside the Sambodromo there is an eating area which includes street barbecue and drink stands. There is lots of drinks and cheap food.

All efforts are made to keep all dates and times up-to-date. However there may be some mistakes. Please check with the venue in question, before making your arrangements.
You will find the complete and up-to-date program details for 2018 Rio Carnival in your Guide.

Day by Day Events
Rio Carnival 2018

February 9 - February 13
: Street bands along Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
Evenings: Popular dances at Cinelândia
20:00 Concerts at Samba Land
20:00 Concerts in Lapa
23:00 Rio Scala Ball

Main daily Events

Friday, February 9
19:00 Opening Ceremony - the Carnival King (Momo) is crowned by the city mayor and receives the city´s keys
21:00 First day of the Preliminary Parades
23:.00 Black Beads Party in Rio Scala

Saturday, February 10
09.30 Street Band Cordão do Bola Preta (Downtown)
16:00 Banda de Ipanema meets at Praça General Osório, Ipanema
20:00 Street Band Competition in Av. Rio Branco, Centro (Downtown)
21:00 Second day the the Preliminary Parades
23:00 The Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace Hotel
23:00 Samba School Mangueira Ball in Rio Scala

Sunday, February 11
21:00 Parade of the Samba Schools in the First League (the Special Group)
23:00 The Marvelous City Ball in Rio Scala

Monday, February 12
21:00 Parade of the Samba Schools in the First League (the Special Group)
23:00 Long live the Beer Ball in Rio Scala

Tuesday, February 13
16:00 Banda de Ipanema marches for the last time
21:00 Parade of the Children`s Samba Schools
23:00 Gay Ball in Rio Scala

Beija Flor Samba School participant

Samba Nights
at the Schools

All Rio samba schools have a dance hall which open, in most cases during weekends for anyone. This events usually starts at beginning of November. It is like a night club with live samba music played by the group drummers. Here you can just have fun watching the crowd or dance yourself, while learning the samba lyrics that will be sung during that school´s Parade. All people interested come together for a dance night. They practice the school´s samba song of the year just dancing and singing together frivolously.

This is the best way to make contact with the real samba. The nights are completely informal and very well attended, similar to a mega nightclub with people of all ages, including many seniors, with lots of dancing and boozing. Such a night is definitely an experience not to be missed and won't be forgotten.

You can go to the party of any school. Two of the best known ones, Mangueira and Salgueiro, are located within a reasonable cab ride from Southern Rio (Zona Sul). Viradouro's rehearsals are a good reason to visit Niteroi across the bay.

Other rehearsal halls are in the distant suburbs and are not a place to wander alone unguided. Some of them are very far, even outside of Rio and can be quite rough.

We recommend going to Mangueira which is the biggest, safest and most famous school with many tourists and lots of security (even so you might be a bit intimidated if not shocked, at first).

A note of warning - they are in very poor areas, often on the borders of the slums so don't go flashy or have anything valuable with you. However do go!

People usually arrive much later than the advertised starting time, usually well after midnight. Plan to arrive anytime after 11 pm. Go by taxi (for safety reasons). There will be plenty of cabs outside when you are finally ready to go home.

There is usually an entrance fee of between R$20,00 and R$50,00

Samba School Halls & Times

The following list contains the essential details of the samba nights of all the Rio Samba Schools in the First League (the Special Group) (the best 12 schools) leading up to the 2018 Rio Carnival.

Pracinha Wallace Paes Leme 1025 - Nilópolis
Thursdays 21:00

Avenida Salvador de Sá s/n -
Cidade Nova (Centro)
Saturdays 21:00

Rehearsals: Colégio São José - Av. Presidente Kennedy
Fridays 22:00

Rua Professor Lacê 235 - Ramos
Sundays 20:00

Rua Visconde de Niterói 1072 - Mangueira
Saturdays 22:00

Rua Coronel Tamarindo 38 - Padre Miguel
Saturdays 22:00

Rua Clara Nunes 81 - Madureira
Wednesdays 20:00
Fridays 22:00

Rua Silva Teles 104 - Tijuca
Saturdays 22:00

Av. Presidente Vargas 3.102 -
Fridays 22:00

Estrada do Galeão 322 -
Cacuia - Ilha do Governador
Saturdays 23:00

Clube dos Portuários - Av. Francisco Bicalho 47 - São Cristóvão
Fridays and Saturdays 20:00

Av. 28 de Setembro 382 - Vila Isabel
Tuesdays 20:00
Saturdays 22:00

Street Bands
Rio Carnival 2018

2018 Carnival in Rio

Street Bands - Rio Carnival 2018

Carnival street bands play music in the streets, revelers joining in, drinking and dancing away. All you have to do is to turn up and join in. It is all free.

You will find below the list with a selection of the best Rio Carnival Street Bands, their 2018 Carnival route and schedule.

There are approx. 300 bands expected to take to the streets at the up-coming Carnival.

The biggest band procession takes place in Av. Rio Branco, Downtown (Centro). From Saturday to Tuesday you can see the greatest variety of street bands there, and it is where the merry-making is at its wildest with traditional groups such as Cordão do Bola Preta, Cacique de Ramos, Bafo da Onça, to mention just a few. A visit at the end of the afternoon is always entertaining.

Mangueira Samba School at Rio Carnival


Banda de Ipanema
City District: IPANEMA
Parade: both Saturdays before Carnival and Shrove Carnival 17:00
Route: Praça General Osório, Ipanema Beach, Leblon

Simpatia é Quase Amor
City District: IPANEMA
Parade: One Saturday before Carnival and Carnival Sunday 17:00
Route: Teixeira de Mello and Vieira Souto - Posto 10 (Country Club)

Imprensa Que Eu Gamo
City District: LARANJEIRAS
Parade: two Saturdays before Carnival 16:00
Route: Mercadinho São José das Artes, Rua Gago Coutinho

City District: COPACABANA
Parade: Sunday after Carnival 9:00 am
Route: along Av. Atlantica

Rancho Flor do Sereno
City District: COPACABANA
Parade: Carnival Monday 18:00
Meeting: Bar Bip-Bip, Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50
Route: Av. Atlântica, along the beach

Suvaco do Cristo
Parade: Sunday before Carnival 13:00
Meeting: from noon onwards at Bar Jóia (on the corner of Rua Jardim Botânico and Rua Faro)
Route: Rua Jardim Botânico, Praça Santos Dummont, in front of the Jockey Club

Street Paties at Rio Carnival

Bloco Que Merda é Essa?!
City District: IPANEMA
Parade: Carnival Sunday 14:00
Meeting: corner of Rua Garcia d'Ávila and Nascimento Silva
Route: Garcia d'Ávila, Vieira Souto to Arpoador

City District: COPACABANA
Parade: Carnival Saturday at 00:01 am and Shrove Carnival at 11:59 pm
Meeting: Bar Bip-Bip, Rua Almirante Gonçalves 50

Esse é o Bom, mas ninguém sabe
City District: COSME VELHO
Parade: Wednesday before Carnival 18:30
Meeting: Quadra dos Guararapes, Ladeira dos Guararapes


Céu na Terra
City District: SANTA TERESA
Parade: Carnival Monday 16:00
Meeting: Rua Dias de Barros, in front of the Bar do Serginho

Bloco das Carmelitas
City District: SANTA TERESA
Parade: Friday before Carnival 18:00 and Tuesday after Carnival 17:00
Meeting place: on the corner of Dias de Barros and Ladeira de Santa Teresa
Route: Dias de Barros, Almte. Alexandrino and Largo do Guimarães

Escravos da Mauá
City District: DOWNTOWN - Praça Mauá
Parade: Thursday before Carnival 19:00
Meeting place: Largo de S. Francisco da Prainha, close to Rua Sacadura Cabral
Route: Rua Sacadura Cabral, Praça Mauá, Av. Rio Branco, Rua Mayrink Veiga to Largo de Santa Rita, Rua do Acre, and back to Praça Mauá

Cordão do Bola Preta
City District: DOWNTOWN - (Cinelândia)
Parade: Carnival Saturday 16:00
Meeting place: Rua Sacadura Crabral, 373
Route: Rua Araújo Porto Alegre, Rua México, Praça Melvin Jones, Av. Nilo Peçanha and Largo da Carioca

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