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Carnival is Rio's main event. It happens at the peak of summer, when Cariocas are at their best. Festivities attract thousands of people from all corners of the world. Carnaval, as spelled in Portuguese, is a 4-day celebration. It starts on Saturday, and ends on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi-Gras. Dates change every year. Carnival Sunday is seven weeks before Easter Sunday.
The origins of Carnival are unclear, but most agree that it started as a pagan celebration in ancient Rome, or Greece. Carnival balls were imported from Italy in the late nineteenth century, and had their golden era in the thirties, with legendary balls at the Copacabana Palace, and the Municipal Theater.

The Samba Parade began in the 30's - first timidly at Praça XI, and later on Av. Presidente Vargas. It found a permanent home in 1984 at the Sambodrome, in the Rio de Janeiro downtown area. Today the event is broadcast to dozens of countries, and all Brazilian states. Many people think of it as the greatest show on earth.

sambandoThere's much more to Carnival than the Samba Parade, though. Street Carnival is loads of fun, free, and it happens all over the city. You are more than welcome to watch and participate. Banda de Ipanema is one of the most traditional ones, attracting as many as 8,000 people!

You gotta have balls if you think this is not enough! Hey, don't get us wrong... We are talking about the fabulous balls that happen at the clubs and other venues! Pick out the right parties, and learn the do's and don'ts. You will get an idea of the good times waiting for you with our (Funny but) True Carnival Stories

We are sorry if you missed Carnival 2007. The good news is that you're just in time to make plans for Brazilian Carnival 2008 in Rio de Janeiro! To get the best deals, take care of your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Buy ahead your tickets for the Sambodrome. You may even order a costume to march with a samba school, just like a local. Try to arrive a few days earlier to explore the city. There's so much to do and see on Carnival days and nights, that you will hardly have time to sleep - let alone go on city tours...



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