Rio de Janeiro Carnival – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:00:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Rdj4u Review: Everything you wanted to know about the Rio Carnival experience in a VIP Suite http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/review-rio-carnival-experience-in-a-vip-suite/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:00:23 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12227 Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is one of the biggest events in the world and an exhilarating experience that we should all have at least once in a lifetime. Watching from the stands of the Sambadrome while the Samba Schools parade is an incomparable sensation, but viewing this same show from a VIP Suite is, without [...]

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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is one of the biggest events in the world and an exhilarating experience that we should all have at least once in a lifetime. Watching from the stands of the Sambadrome while the Samba Schools parade is an incomparable sensation, but viewing this same show from a VIP Suite is, without a doubt, on another level. Experience Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival from the inside and start planning your vacation to the Marvelous City now.


VIP Suite at Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival is organized into several parades that take place on different days. What distinguishes one parade from another are the participating samba schools. Regardless of the date you choose to be part of this fantastic experience, the VIP suite option will ensure an unforgettable night.

If you book the VIP Suite for the Serie A Schools Parade that participate on Friday and Saturday prior to the official Monday and Tuesday of the Carnival; you’ll see the academies that prepare with great determination to move up in category each year and become champions in the carnival’s following editions. If you select a VIP Suite for the Parade of the Special Group you’ll enjoy a show from the most popular and traditional samba schools, which take place on the Sunday and Monday of Carnival.

From the VIP Suite you can see all the details of the spectacular Samba Schools / Photo: Daytours4u

The pre-carnival

The Rio Carnival Experience from a VIP Suite begins before the opening of the Sambadrome. If you’re going to see the Serie A Schools, you’ll first need to pick up your tickets and your T-shirt at the meeting point established by the operator or pay an additional fee to have both items brought to the hotel where you’re staying. Then, you’ll go to the address determined by the operator for the second phase of the day: the decoration of your shirt. You’ll be able to customize the design to suit your style and make it as dazzling as you want. The recommended arrival time for this activity is at noon because there are usually a lot of people waiting in long lines to decorate their outfits.

If you selected a Carnival day to see the Special Group, an exclusive transfer service is included that will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the place where makeup and decorating the T-shirts are done. Professional stylists will make you shine and there is even a massage area so you can enjoy the experience completely relaxed. At the same location you’ll receive your credential that is similar to an identity document which you’ll bring to the Sambadrome.

Shine during the Carnival of Rio decorating your shirt as you like / Photo: Daytours4u

The Sambadrome and VIP Boxes Experience

The third phase for travelers who reserve the Serie A Schools is to decide how to get to the Sambadrome that opens the doors at 8:00 p.m. You can request an Uber, pay for a taxi or book an additional transfer that picks you up from the hotel and takes you to whichever entrance corresponds to your ticket.

TIP: Be sure to check and see if your assigned section is odd or even so that the driver can leave you at the correct entrance. After they check your ticket, which you should keep visible throughout the night along with your decorated shirt, you’ll head to the VIP box to enjoy the show. Those who book to see the Special Group will have the transfer from the place where they do the decoration and makeup to the Sambadrome included.

The VIP box, both for Schools A Series and for the Special Group, is composed of three floors filled with the best carioca vibes, air conditioning, and WIFI so you can share all your experience through social networks in real time. On the first floor there is a parade nearby, a live music group to dance all night long and there are also dispensers of all kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that don’t run out, so you’ll be able to consume as much as you want until closing. There’ll be promoters and travel guides present to assist you in whatever you need.

On each floor of the VIP Suite there is an area and balconies to watch the entire parade / Photo: Daytours4u

The second floor is the buffet: pasta with delicious sauces, chicken stroganoff, hotdogs, tropical fruits, ice cream and other desserts served until 2:00 a.m. This area has more of a restaurant vibe but also has a balcony where you can sit and watch the parade.

The third floor, on the other hand, is where you’ll find sushi being served throughout the night. There’s also an area for dancing here but, unlike on the first floor, there’s a DJ with a selection of electronic music. Don’t worry about missing the parade of the samba schools, because there is also a balcony here to enjoy the show. The party ends at approximately 6:00 a.m. when the last school parades. The exit is organized and safe, as well as perfectly identified.

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7 Things That Happen After Carnival In Rio http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/7-things-that-happen-after-carnival-in-rio/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:45 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2412 Because you can leave the Carnival in Rio, but the Carnival doesn’t leave you… 1. You will need to put on clothes again to leave the house. Unfortunately Carnival’s free dress sense doesn’t extend to normal life / Source 2. Not it is not normal to see men dressed as women, and vice versa In [...]

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Because you can leave the Carnival in Rio, but the Carnival doesn’t leave you…

1. You will need to put on clothes again to leave the house.

Clothes before and after carnival in RioUnfortunately Carnival’s free dress sense doesn’t extend to normal life / Source

2. Not it is not normal to see men dressed as women, and vice versa


In many of the street parties, almost all of the men appear in dresses / Source

3. You don’t need to guess the nationality of all those around you.

Chances you that you won’t hear this many different accents back at home / Photo: Daytours4u

4. Sunrise will indicate the start of a new day, rather than the end of the previous.

Sunrise during Carnival in RioThe party during Carnival tends to go on until sunrise, then keeps going! / Source

5. You probably no longer party with people of all ages.

Life after Carnival in Rio
There’s no ageism is Carnival / Source

No, really, of ALL ages!

From young to old, everyone gets into the Carnival spirit / Source
From young to old, everyone gets into the Carnival spirit / Source

6. There’ll be an endless loop of samba music in your head.

Samba beats are infectious and difficult to get out your head! / Photo: Daytours4u

7. You’ll miss all the love and fun on the streets.

Love and fun during Rio's Street Parties
There’s a lot of love to share around during Carnival’s street parties / Source

Let’s face it, Carnival ruins you! Life after Carnival in Rio is just plain boring. Time to start saving for round 2 in 2017. Start planning your next Brazilian vacation with us now.

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Mangueira Samba School Claims 2016 Rio Carnival Title http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/mangueira-samba-school-claims-2016-rio-carnival-title/ Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:00:07 +0000 http://daytours4u.com/en/?p=9108 Mangueira Samba School has been crowned the grand champion of the 2016 Rio Carnival after totaling 269.80 points. Paying tribute to the 50-year career of the famous Brazilian pop singer Maria Bethânia, the green and pink laden school was last to parade in the Sambadrome on the second night of the extravagant event. Their winning [...]

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Mangueira Samba School has been crowned the grand champion of the 2016 Rio Carnival after totaling 269.80 points. Paying tribute to the 50-year career of the famous Brazilian pop singer Maria Bethânia, the green and pink laden school was last to parade in the Sambadrome on the second night of the extravagant event. Their winning parade explored Bethânia’s roots in the state of Bahia; a region with a strong African cultural influence that was born from the days of slavery.

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After the announcement, the Mangueira samba school partied into the night / Source

The new Director of Mangueira, Leandro Vieira, decided to delve into the religious side of the singer as inspiration for the show. The Comissão de Frente (Front Commission) was comprised of 15 dancers of African heritage adorned in costumes representing the orixás Oyá and Oxum, both Candomblé figures that are significant to Maria Bethânia.

A number of famous Brazilian singers and actors participated in the procession: Adriana Calcanhoto, Ana Carolina, Regina Casé, Chico César, Zélia Duncan, Vanessa da Mata, Renata Sorah and Lúcia Veríssimo joined Maria Bethânia herself on the stage. Other highlights of the show came in the form of a spectacular float with a giant Carcará, the name of a bird and popular song by Bethânia. Mangueira, founded in 1928 in an area located near to the Maracanã neighbourhood, had not won the competition since 2002, yet it now has 18 titles, second only to Portela who have 21.

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The announcement was celebrated in the home of Mangueira Samba School / Source

Results of the 2016 Rio Carnival:

1° – Mangueira
2° – Unidos da Tijuca
3° – Portela
4° – Salgueiro
5° – Beija-Flor
6° – Imperatriz Leopoldinense

The 2016 champion will perform again this coming Saturday – 13th February – together with the other five samba schools who came in the top six in the traditional end of Carnival Champions’ Parade.

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5 Facts About Rio de Janeiro Carnival http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/5-facts-about-rio-de-janeiro-carnival/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:00:15 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1261 Rio de Janeiro Carnival dates back to over a century ago, but the event continues to be one of the most trendy celebrations in the world. Here we present 5 things that you (probably) didn’t know about the spectacularly extravagant Rio de Janeiro Carnival. 1. The first parade had a royal guest: What is considered to [...]

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Rio de Janeiro Carnival dates back to over a century ago, but the event continues to be one of the most trendy celebrations in the world. Here we present 5 things that you (probably) didn’t know about the spectacularly extravagant Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

1. The first parade had a royal guest:

What is considered to be the first Carnival parade took place in 1855. A group of intellectuals created a street carnival bloco and marched to São Cristóvão Palace to ask the Royal Family to join them. Dom Pedro II, Brazil’s Emperor, accepted the invitation. The police, however, only started allowing the street carnival parades to take place in 1889, which led Chiquinha Gonzaga to compose the first song written specifically for the carnival celebrations.

The Brazilian Royal Family was urged by the people to join the festivities from their summer palace

The Brazilian Royal Family was urged to join the festivities from their summer palace / Source

2. The samba originated from improvisation:

The samba was born close to where the Sambadrome stands today, when a group of friends were improvising with songs at the legendary baiana Tia Ciata. The first samba song, titled “Pelo Telefone” (By the Phone) was recorded in 1917. It wasn’t until 1963 that the carnival celebrations were included in the official Rio de Janeiro tourist calendar, after the samba school Salgueiro paraded about Chica da Silva. The parades used to run through downtown Rio de Janeiro until 1984, when the Sambadrome was built, and now all the official celebrations take place there.

Samba School Parade

The Samba School parades are an extravagant affair / Source

3. The curse over Portela Samba School:

In 1974, Natalino “Natal” José do Nascimento, the president of the Portela Samba School, urged a few of his senior staff members to assist him with a charm that would enable them to win that year’s contest. It was a very unusual request: they had to spit a mouthful of cachaça (sugar-cane rum) on each float in order to please its spirit guide. Some of them refused, so a curse was brought down on the samba school, meaning they wouldn’t win for at least 30 years.

Sure enough, Portela hasn’t won a single contest since, though it still remains the greatest winner of all time with 19 championships.

If you ask someone from Portela about the curse, they’ll probably start knocking on wood / Source

4. Street carnival has the most crazy blocos:

Suvaco do Cristo (Christ’s Armpit)

The name of this street carnival stems from its origins, the neighborhood of Jardim Botânico, beneath the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. The famous singer and composer Tom Jobim, who lived in the neighborhood, used to complain that his house was filled with moss because it was under ‘Christ’s armpits’.

Se Melhorar, Afunda

This is the only street carnival group that belongs to two cities: Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi. It starts in Niteroi, crosses the Guanabara Bay on the ferry and continues to party in downtown Rio.

Blocão

The street carnival group called Blocão, made of the words bloco and cão (dog), is an unusual sight for the pre-carnival celebrations; its members are the pets of people living near Copacabana, and they’re all dressed up (naturally!)

Caçador de Veados (Deerstalker)

This street carnival no longer exists. It was once a cry of freedom for the gay community, who were forbidden to dress in women’s clothing and were only able to do so during carnival time.

Gigantes da Lira (The Lyre’s Giants)

This is a street carnival especially for children. It plays kid’s songs to the rhythm of samba and some of the old marchinha; a rather more innocent carnival celebration.

Woman and her pet dog in a street carnival bloco only for pets in Rio de Janeiro / Source

5. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival numbers are staggering:

Rio de Janeiro Carnival is widely considered to be the world’s greatest celebration – the samba schools invest over $5 million in the parade; over 5 million people celebrate Rio de Janeiro Carnival, 800,000 of whom are tourists; there are over 400 blocos of street samba in the city every year; the oldest and most popular party is the Cordão do Bola Preta, where over 2.3 million people gather annually.

Inside a street carnival bloco / Source

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Enter the Extravagant World of Rio’s Carnival Balls http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/enter-the-extravagant-world-of-rios-carnival-balls/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:00:47 +0000 http://daytours4u.com/en/?p=9034 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro goes far beyond the magnificent parades in the Sambadrome and the hundreds of street parties (blocos) that each attract a huge crowd of revelers. The Marvelous City, as it is known, is paralysed during this festive season with spectacular carnival events, some of the most popular of which are the [...]

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro goes far beyond the magnificent parades in the Sambadrome and the hundreds of street parties (blocos) that each attract a huge crowd of revelers. The Marvelous City, as it is known, is paralysed during this festive season with spectacular carnival events, some of the most popular of which are the Carnival Balls. Prepare your outlandish costume and join the party.

Baile de Carnaval / Rdj4u

Choose your Carnival Ball and prepare for an unforgettable night / Source

How the Carnival Balls Emerged

Legend has it that the wife of the Italian ambassador to Rio de Janeiro woke up one morning in 1840 with the desire to make a Carnival Ball in the classic Venetian style. Her dream was swiftly realised and the first event of its kind was held at the Teatro San Gennaro to much acclaim. Thousands of masked merrymakers attended the festivities and the concept soon grew in popularity across the city. Over time, lavish hotels and upmarket restaurants began hosting their own Masquerade Balls and they remain a significant part of the carnival experience.

The notion of these “VIP dances” arose because many of the venues would promote them for the attention of those in the upper classes of society. Today, however, not every Masquerade Ball is exclusive and if you want to have some fun away from the spotlight, there are several types of Rio Carnival Ball to enjoy.

The Main Rio Carnival Balls

The Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace

Frequented by high society, artists and celebrities alike, the legendary Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace is the highlight of the Carnival Balls program. Glamour and sophistication aplenty, the ticket prices for this event are extremely high and luxury costume or black tie/evening dress is mandatory.

Gay Gala

This is one of biggest celebrations during Rio Carnival season: the LGBT community unites to create one spectacular party. Despite its name, this gathering is open to everybody and it attracts people from all over the world who welcome the opportunity to express themselves in outlandish costumes. To see dazzling personalities, local celebrities, and flamboyant dancing, this is the place to be.

Black Beads – Rio Scala Ball

A relative newcomer to the Carnival Ball circuit, this party is dedicated to popular street band Cordao do Bola Preta (Black Ball String), who have gained popularity through their bohemian styled music. Live performances are promised by famous sambistas Joao Roberto Kelly, Luiz Camillo and Dominguinhos.

Baile de Carnaval / Rdj4u

The most expensive of them all, Copacabana Ball is a sophisticated affair / Source

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5 simple ways to make the most of Rio Carnival http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/5-simple-ways-make-most-rio-carnival/ http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/5-simple-ways-make-most-rio-carnival/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/2012/02/tips-to-enjoy-rio-de-janeiro-carnival.html Tips for Rio Carnival - crowd control, transportation, safety, money, and street parties.

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In order to keep you well-informed during your trip to Rio de Janeiro for carnival, we have prepared a few pieces of insider information to help you focus on simply dancing the nights away. In true Brazilian spirit, we hope that you have fun and take home some great memories from this truly spectacular celebration. Keep these tips in mind and you will be sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Rio CarnivalRio de Janeiro carnival is awash with noise and colour / Image Source

Our top tips for Rio Carnival:

Crowd Control: Remember the streets will be crowded. You need to walk to get to the Sambadrome, and parking is almost impossible. It’s good to get to the streets early in order to see the start of the parade and to find a good spot in the grandstand.

Transportation: You can easily find a taxi to return to your hotel, especially if you are in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro. Always check if the driver turned on the meter; otherwise ask him to.

Money: Try to have small bills like R$2 or R$5 for buying drinks and other small refreshments. That saves you from waiting for your change in the middle of the crowd. It’s also a good idea to withdraw your spending money earlier. The ATMs work normally, but withdrawing your money before well before the event is your safest bet for a successful Carnival in Rio de Janeiro!

Safety: Don’t use smartphones or other expensive electronic devices, and be careful of your camera when you take photographs. Using a wrist strap or neck strap is recommended.

Finding Pre-Parties: Even if you arrive in Rio de Janeiro before Carnival starts, some of the street Carnival bands will have already started the party! You can find everything you need to know here.


Important Numbers:

Rio de Janeiro airport contacts:

• Galeão/Antônio Carlos Jobim airport: (21) 3393-2288
• Santos Dumont airport: (21) 3814-7070 / 3814-7246
• Jacarepaguá airport: (21) 2432-7060
• Rio’s Bus Terminal – (21) 3213-1800
• Riotur – (21) 3398-4077 / 2245
• Civil Police – (21) 3398-4435 / 2334-6319
• Rio’s Municipal Guard – (21) 3398-4840

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3 Samba Schools to Watch at Rio Carnival http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/3-samba-schools-to-watch-rio-carnival/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:00:03 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=954 The Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro are clubs which represent a particular neighbourhood of the city in the Samba Parade during Rio Carnival. At this time of year, they become the main focus in Rio and, in the lead-up to the event, they hold samba nights, which are referred to as ‘rehearsals’. These nights [...]

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The Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro are clubs which represent a particular neighbourhood of the city in the Samba Parade during Rio Carnival. At this time of year, they become the main focus in Rio and, in the lead-up to the event, they hold samba nights, which are referred to as ‘rehearsals’. These nights are open to anyone for a small entrance fee and are a great insight into the preparations for the most important event of the year.

The Top 3 Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro

Estácio de Sá: Rio’s most traditional samba school

Estácio de Sá is one of the oldest and most traditional samba schools in Rio de Janeiro and its drums section is considered to be the best in the history of Rio Carnival. It was founded in 1955 and is the result of a merger between three samba schools in the Estácio neighbourhood: Paraíso das Morenas, Recreio de São Carlos and Cada Ano Sai Melhor. In 1992, Estácio de Sá reached its peak at Rio Carnival when it won the title of “Pauliceia desvairada – 70 anos de Modernism”, portraying Brazil’s seventy-year modernist movement. Today, Estácio de Sá has approximately 4,000 members and is widely recognised for its liveliness and originality.

Location: Av. Salvador de Sá 206-208, Bairro do Estácio.

A rehearsal at the samba school "Estacio de Sa", which demonstrates the native Brazilian's ability to move their feet at lightening speed.

A rehearsal at the samba school “Estacio de Sa” / Source

Beija Flor: creative, competitive and controversial

This samba school took its name from a nearby ranch named Beija-Flor, meaning hummingbird, which is also the school’s official symbol. Beija Flor was founded in 1948 and revolutionised in 1974, when Joãosinho Trinta took on the position of carnavalesco (carnival designer). Since then, the school has set a series of milestones in samba history and is nowadays ranked the highest among all samba schools in Rio de Janeiro. It has achieved this reputation by being innovative, competitive and controversial, choosing delicate parade themes such as religion. It is also the only school to have a whole team of carnival designers, as opposed to just one, who are renowned for their creative brilliance and use of bold, vibrant colours.

Location: Pracinha Wallace Paes Leme 1025, Nilopolis.

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Beija Flor is renowned for its originality and creativity / Source

Bateria do Salgueiro: a favourite amongst the famous

Bateria do Salgueiro is an elitist school which attracts many celebrities, such as musician Jorge Ben Jor and commended footballer Romário amongst others. In contrast to its current middle-class fan club, this samba school was actually one of the first to showcase the talents of Afro-Brazilians and it became very famous for being the most ‘fun’ school in the Grupo Especial. Established in the 1950’s, Salgueiro currently has one of the largest fan bases in Brazil, partly due to its talented dancers and also because its themes are both interesting and inspiring, causing it to stand out from other samba schools in Rio de Janeiro.

Location: Rua Silva Teles 104, Tijuca, Andaraí. This is one of the safest locations of all the samba schools, thereby contributing towards Salgueiro’s popularity and attendance levels.

Bateria do Salgueiro

Bateria do Salgueiro stands out for its inspiring compositions / Source

Get in the mood for Rio Carnival by attending one of these fantastic samba schools’ rehearsals for the Samba Parade, undoubtedly the best way to experience real samba and learn all about this famous Brazilian dance.

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Rio Carnival Samba School Parade – Everything You Need to Know http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/rio-carnival-samba-school-parade-everything-need-know/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:00:51 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2315 Daytours4u makes some sense out of the electrifying sound, extravagant costumes, and vibrant colours that comprise the magnificent Samba School parades.

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It wouldn’t be Carnival in Rio without the Sambadrome. And it wouldn’t be the Sambadrome without the samba school parades. After all, when you picture Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, you probably see samba dancers in intricate costumes gyrating their way down the runway of – you guessed it – the Sambadrome! It’s an unmissable part of Carnival, especially if it’s your first time at the world’s biggest party. If you’re confused about what a samba school is and how the Sambadrome parade works, don’t fear; we’re here to help.

The samba school parades at the Sambadrome are the highlight of Carnival / Image Source

RIO’S SAMBA SCHOOLS

The samba schools are essentially samba organisations, usually associated with a particular community, often a favela. They are not places where people go to learn samba. Instead, samba schools spend most of their time preparing for Carnival. Not only do they have a large contingent of members, but they have supporters as well, much like a football club.

Rio de Janeiro has over 100 samba schools, but only the top schools compete in the Sambadrome. This competition is divided into two tiers: Serie A, the 12 smaller, second-tier schools, who compete on the Friday and Saturday night, and the Grupo Especial (Special Group), the 12 first-tier, large samba schools, who compete on the Sunday and Monday. These are the best of the best. The winner of Serie A gets to advance into this group in the following year, while the lowest ranking first-tier school is relegated into the second group.

The parade sambas toward the famous arches of the Sambadrome / Image Source

THE SAMBA SCHOOL PARADE

So how does the parade work? The parade is the most formal aspect of Carnival, unlike street Carnival, with a fixed order of events, and a carefully judged competition. Each school has 82 minutes to make it down the runway of the Sambadrome and is judged on the following aspects:

• Percussion band
• Samba song
• Harmony
• Flow and spirit
• Theme of the year
• Overall impression
• Floats and props
• Costumes
• Vanguard group
• The flag-carrying couple

And it is taken seriously. Millions of people tune in when the results are announced to see who the winners are. Then the top 6 schools parade once more the following Saturday for the Champion’s Parade.

The Flag Carrying Couple is an important part of the parade / Image Source

BREAKING DOWN THE PARADE

The samba schools parade in a specific order, dancing down the runway toward the famous arches of the Sambódromo.

Comissão de Frente – This is the vanguard group that opens the parade, introducing the school. It consists of a small group of dancers (12-15), and the opening float, which usually has the school’s name or logo. As the opening number, the dance and float are usually very elaborate and impressive, and there are often celebrities on the first float.

Abre-Alas – This is the wing. Typically, there are between 5 and 8 wings in the parade. They consist of a float, each with a different theme (falling under the main theme), and dancers. You can participate in the parade and you’ll join in with one of the wings, according to your assigned fantasia (costume). While you don’t need to samba, you do need to keep a good attitude and try not to lose any points for your school.

Mestre-Sala y Porta-bandeira – The flag-carrying couple is one of the highlights of the parade. The woman carries the flag of the school, which is not allowed to touch the ground or wrap around the flag pole, and is judged on how she dances with it. The mestre-sala’s role is to protect her, and together they dance one of the most elaborate dances of the parade. This is one of the crowd favourites.

Rainha de Bateria – The Queen of the Drummers is usually a beautiful woman, and these days is often a celebrity. Wearing a gorgeous costume, she sambas in front of the band, giving them inspiration. It is important that she exudes happy vibes, and keeps an authentic smile on her face throughout.

Bateria – This is the percussion band, or drummers. They are literally the beat of the whole parade, as they perform the school’s song. The band is made up of around 250-350 drummers (and only drummers), who are complemented by the vocalists behind them.

Carro de Som – These are the vocalists of the school, who sing the song. They are behind the band, and are often on top of a sound truck, with microphones, or marching along with the band.

Ala dos Passistas – This is one of the most spectacular wings, made up of the passistas – or expert samba dancers. They are a core group of 15-20 of the school’s best dancers.

Ala das Baianas – The whirling ladies are a wing of older women, wearing traditional Baiana costumes (from Bahia), including large hoop skirts and headdresses. These are respected women in the school and giving them a special space to perform is a way of thanking them for their dedication.

Velha Guarda – The rear guard signal the end of the procession. This final group is usually comprised of respected male members of the school, dressed in gala gear. In addition, there are stewards, dressed in the school’s t-shirt, who walk along with parade, in between wings and behind, to ensure that the samba school sticks to the time limit.

rio carnivalEach float is intricately designed according to a theme / Image Source

The greatest thing about the parade, besides the gorgeous and intricate hand-made costumes, and the incredibly engineered and decorated floats, is how much fun it is. The participants exude such happiness, proud to be performing after months and months of hard work, and the crowd is equally excited. It’s an atmosphere comparable to nothing else.

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Tips for a Perfect Night at the Sambadrome http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/tips-perfect-night-sambadrome/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:00:04 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2374 So you’ve got tickets to a samba school parade in the famous Sambadrome, and you’re ready for the biggest party in the world. To prepare you for your evening in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival centrepiece, we’ve compiled some helpful tips with everything you need to know, so that on the night, you can simply get swept [...]

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So you’ve got tickets to a samba school parade in the famous Sambadrome, and you’re ready for the biggest party in the world. To prepare you for your evening in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival centrepiece, we’ve compiled some helpful tips with everything you need to know, so that on the night, you can simply get swept up by the excitement.

Sambadrome | Sambadrome Tips

Have the best night possible at Rio’s Sambadrome with these tips / Source

1. Sitting in the grandstand? Take a pillow or cushion with you. The concrete steps may be uncomfortable after a couple of hours. You may even see some people kitted out to have a short nap. That being said, it’s so exciting at the samba school parades that you might be on you feet for much of the evening.

2. Unless you’re in a luxury suite, the seats are out in the open and you’re at the mercy of the weather. Take a rain jacket or poncho in case the summer rains descend. While umbrellas are technically permitted, they are discouraged since they block the view of the people behind you.

3. Once you enter the Sambadrome, you are free to move around within. However, you cannot re-enter the arena itself once you’ve left.

4. You’re allowed to bring in 2 x 500ml plastic drink containers and 2 x food items. There are also stands serving fast food all around the Sambadrome, so you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

5. Take some toilet paper to be safe. With over 70,000 spectators, and 9 hours of entertainment, restrooms have been known to run out.

6. Photography, flash, and video are all allowed (for personal use), so be sure to go picture happy and capture the majesty of this wonderful spectacle.

Floats & Crowds | Sambadrome Tips

You’ll be tempted to stand most of the night thanks to the party atmosphere / Source

7. Children under the age of 5 can enter for free.

8. There is special seating for people with disabilities in sector 13. There are 270 seats available, with an additional 240 for those attending them. These tickets are available at the Association for Physically Handicapped People at City Hall.

9. The following items are not permitted inside: polystyrene, glass bottles, firecrackers, personal cooler boxes, or weapons.

10. The doors to the Sambadrome open at 5pm. If you have a ticket with no assigned seating (all grandstands, except sector 9), try to get to there 7pm at the latest, 2 hours before the show starts.

11. The Sambadrome is considered to be very safe. Due to the number of high profile guests that attend, there is ample security inside. Once you leave the stadium, keep an eye on your belongings, particularly your camera.

12. Taking public transport to get there? Check whether you are sitting in an even or odd numbered section. For tickets with an even number, get off at station Praça Onze, on Line 1, and those with an odd number should get out at Central station, on either Lines 1 or 2. The subway runs 24 hours a day during Carnival. From the station, it is a 20-minute walk to the Sambadrome. Alternatively, take a taxi and give the driver the number of your sector. Two companies are allowed into the Sambadrome area: Coopatur and Coopertramo.

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Find the Best Seats in Rio’s Sambadrome for Your Carnival Parade http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/find-best-seats-rios-sambadrome-your-carnival-parade/ Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:00:30 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2348 The Sambadrome, or Sambódromo as it is known locally, is the setting for the main Carnival action. The venue, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, incorporates a series of modern concrete seating structures that line the legendary parade runway. With a capacity of over 72,000, it can be overwhelming to try and choose your sector when booking [...]

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The Sambadrome, or Sambódromo as it is known locally, is the setting for the main Carnival action. The venue, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, incorporates a series of modern concrete seating structures that line the legendary parade runway.

With a capacity of over 72,000, it can be overwhelming to try and choose your sector when booking tickets if you’re not familiar with the Sambadrome seating arrangement. While you will enjoy the incredible atmosphere from anywhere inside the stadium, each sector offers a different experience (and comes with a different price tag).

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There are a number of seating options in the Sambadrome to suit your budget and taste. / Source

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Sambadrome Seating Plan

Types of Seating:

There are four main types of seating in the Sambadrome.

1. The Grandstands – These concrete bleachers are located at the top of each sector and they offer the best views over the whole runway. Many people bring along a pillow or something comfortable to sit on since its a long night to be on concrete. There are no numbered seats, which means if you get up, you may lose your spot. This is the green section on the seating plan diagram.

2. Allocated Chairs – Only available in sectors 12 and 13, these affordable seats are simply rows of chairs at ground level, located at the end of the runway. This is the blue section of the seating plan diagram.

3. Frisas or Front Boxes – Located at runway level, these boxes are largely considered the best tickets as you’re right next to the parade action. Each box seats 6 people. This is the yellow section of the seating plan diagram.

4. Camarotes or Luxury Suites –  These private, covered suites are in boxes along the parade route from sector 2 to 11. Elevated, they offer a great view, and come with a waiter service, buffet and open bar. Unsurprisingly, they are both highly sought after and very expensive.

Sambadrome Seating Plan

 

Choosing Your Sector:

The different sectors offer different experiences.

Sector 1: Not shown. This is a grandstand area at the starting area of the parade. These tickets are not for sale as they are only for members of the samba schools.

Sectors 2, 3, 4 & 5: The advantage of sitting in these sectors at the beginning of the parade is that both the samba schools and the crowd are full of excitement at the start of each performance. You get the first glimpse of a much anticipated moment. The other benefit is that you have to wait less time between the individual schools.

Sector 6 & 7: These are the most sought-after sectors because the judges area is directly in front of sector 7. The schools put everything into their performance here. Tickets in sector 7 are, for this reason, the most expensive.

Sector 9: Known as the tourist sector, this area has allocated, numbered seating. These tickets are predominantly bought by foreigners and tend not to have quite the same atmosphere as the stands that attract locals.

Sectors 8, 9, 10 & 11: These sectors are popular because this is where the drummers retreat. At this point in the parade, the band stops at the side and performs, letting the rest of the wings go in front. The drummer’s niche (or Recuo da Bateria) is the best place to really hear the music and it always has an incredible vibe.

Sectors 12 & 13: The popular section has the cheapest tickets. There is a large section of allocated seating and the bleachers are set further back. The allocated seating in this sector may not have the greatest views but it is a great place to be for 2 reasons: the parade participants realise they’re coming to the end and usually have a last burst of enthusiasm, and secondly, many of them discard their costumes here on their way out which lucky spectators can grab as a souvenir.

Aerial view of Sambadrome | Sambadrome seating

Prepare yourself for the unforgettable spectacle in Rio’s Sambadrome / Source

Once your tickets are booked, check your sector number. When you get to the Sambadrome, your sector determines what entrance you need to go to. If you take the metro, you need to get out at Praça Onze station if your sector is an even number, and Central station if your sector is an odd number. If you book your tickets with us, there is an optional transfer service to take away the stress of getting to and from the Carnival parade.

Also, remember that the setting is out in the open (except for the luxury seats). So, be prepared for the weather, in case it rains. But most importantly bring your camera and your party spirit and get ready for a spectacular night that you won’t forget anytime soon!

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