Rio de Janeiro
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From Friday, March 1 2019 to Saturday, March 9 2019

The most famous carnival in the world!

A veritable institution in Brazil, the annual Carnival is the most popular national holiday in the country.

The parades during the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro are probably the most famous in the world, and it is at this time that the city's many samba clubs each present their new shows. During the Carnival, the entire city is alight with festive, fun-loving crowds; in the streets, in every bar, samba club, and nightclub.

Lasting four days, and ending with Ash Monday, the Epiphany and the fasting, it will be a colourful whirlwind of glitter and costumes, floats, drinking, dancing and fun. Rio is a city that lives for its carnival.

During your stay in Rio de Janeiro, you will be spoiled for choice as to which events to attend, as there are many taking place during the Rio Carnival. The festivities begin after the Epiphany with technical tests in the Sambadrome allowing a glimpse of what is to come in this celebration. During the carnival itself, dances are organized in several palaces in Rio de Janeiro inviting you to experience the magic of this festival which captures the imagination of people all over the world. In the streets of the capital, concerts and parades take place where you can discover the famous carioca "bandas" (traditional bands).

Don't miss the opportunity to take part in the world's biggest street party, the famous Rio Carnival!

Rio de Janeiro city centre
Praça da Republica
20000 Rio De Janeiro

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