If you like Carnival , the best is to be in Rio de Janeiro and see it personnally.
Carnival starts on a Saturday and goes, officially, for four days, ending on Fat Tuesday (or Shrove
Tuesday), so the dates change every year. However, in many cities the festivities go for almost a
The Samba School Parade at Rio´s Sambodrome is something everybody has to experience at
least once in life. The event is broadcast live to several countries, and all Brazilian states.
Fourteen special group schools march on Carnival Sunday and Monday, seven each day. The
parade starts at 7 p.m. and goes on until sunlight the next day, around 6 a.m. This samba
marathon is also a fierce competition. Each year two schools will go down from special to access
group, and vice-versa.
A Samba School is an association of people from the same neighborhood, usually a popular
community (favela) or suburban area. They get together on a regular basis for samba meetings
and rehearsals. Samba schools provide valuable jobs to the community in the production of
carnival costumes, and floats. Each year schools choose a different theme. In the year 2000
Schools are divided into sections (alas), with people wearing the same carnival costumes. Some
alas have a special choreography, but most are spontaneous They are divided by floats (carros
alegóricos) carrying special guests named destaques (see floatees). Together they try to illustrate
and bring to life the school's chosen theme.
In 1997, one school of Samba choose The 25 th anniversary of Disney world using the only
Brazilian character created by Walt Disney,Joe Carioca. Carnival costuem designers used light
brazil carnival costumes and simple hands propsin order to facilitate the evolution of the dancers.
If you are on a budget, stay outside Sambodrome and take photos of Brazil carnival costumes
and floats with your camera, go to the popular balls, or watch the shows at Terreirão do Samba
(by the Sambodrome) and Rio Folia.