Rio Carnival

Experience the Exhilaration of the Rio Carnival

Described as being the biggest party on earth, hundreds of samba dancers and dozens of giant floats fill the Sambodrome in a riot of music and colour during the Rio Carnival.

Samba groups and schools from across Rio de Janeiro put on a fantastic show throughout the annual Rio Carnival, infecting the entire coastline with Carnival spirit. The competition sees the city’s top samba groups representing different neighbourhoods or social clubs deliver an extravagant 90-minute display, eager to attain the annual title. 

Dancer during the Rio Carnival School parade in Sambodromo
Woman dressed in blue and green feathers at the Rio Carnival

Samba groups and schools from across Rio de Janeiro put on a fantastic show throughout the annual Rio Carnival, infecting the entire coastline with Carnival spirit. The competition sees the city’s top samba groups representing different neighbourhoods or social clubs deliver an extravagant 90-minute display, eager to attain the annual title. 

Dragons on a carnival float in the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro February 11, 2013, Brazil
Carnival float
Carnival float at the Rio Carnival Sambodromo February 11, 2013. Brazil
Float in the shape of a cow at the Sambadome February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Rio Carnival bursts into life with a fabulous fireworks display and begins at midnight on the Friday before Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter. Lasting for five days and nights, the parade proceeds down the entire length of the Sambodrome to the cheers of thousands of locals and tourists, all come to witness the glamour and spectacle of this unique parade.

Samba School parade in Sambodromo. Vila Isabel School. Street during the great festival on march 6, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro

An excuse for an immense celebration, the spectacular Rio Carnival can trace its roots back to the 15th century where it was a tradition celebrated on the Portuguese island of Azores. This tradition was then embraced by the former Portuguese colony of Brazil in the 19th century, where great numbers of people paraded and danced through cities up and down the country to music played by enormous neighbourhood bands.

Samba dancer in her colourful Rio Carnival outfit
A woman in a mask watches participants of the carnival at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11th 2013

Today, the carnival in Rio de Janeiro is by far the most famous around the world, and is a must-see when visiting Brazil. A fantastic way to explore this fantastic region is by charter yacht, enabling you to not only visit Rio, but also a range of other areas in and around South America. Why not talk to a yacht charter broker to organise a yacht charter vacation to Brazil and experience the treasures of South America for yourself.

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