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Rio Carnival photo

Rio Carnival

11 - 16 February 2020

Samba Parade: Sambadrome. Street carnival takes place in different neighbourhoods

Brazil's tradition of ringing in the new year with a wild carnival began with the colonial Portuguese, who instituted Carnival as a period of merriment and street pranks. It has lo…

Rio Carnival

11 - 16 February 2020

Samba Parade: Sambadrome. Street carnival takes place in different neighbourhoods

Brazil's tradition of ringing in the new year with a wild carnival began with the colonial Portuguese, who instituted Carnival as a period of merriment and street pranks. It has lost none of its pageantry and spectacle, remaining unchallenged as the Brazilian event of the year. The colourful parade of samba dancers, extravagant floats, brilliant costumes and magical music takes place along the Sambodromo, a half-mile long path built specifically for the event, while street parties and costume balls are held throughout Rio. Samba schools also vie for a championship title every year, meaning the competition is stiff and the showmanship of the highest quality.

Website www.riocarnaval.org

June Bonfire Festivals photo

June Bonfire Festivals

June 2021

Various

This integral part of Brazilian folklore and culture is a New World twist on an old European tradition. Coinciding with the feasts of St Anthony, St John and St Peter, bonfire fest…

June Bonfire Festivals

June 2021

Various

This integral part of Brazilian folklore and culture is a New World twist on an old European tradition. Coinciding with the feasts of St Anthony, St John and St Peter, bonfire festivals are held in Rio's squares, clubs, schools and churches in the month of June. Warmly illuminated by bonfires, the events feature mock country weddings, where couples leap over crackling flames, and stalls decorated with streamers and lanterns are set up to resemble village markets. Spectacular fireworks are accompanied by a good deal of dancing, drinking and eating. Although travellers seldom visit Brazil exclusively for these charming bonfire celebrations, it would be a great pity to miss out.


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New Year's Eve photo

New Year's Eve

31 December annually

Various

Brazilians know how to party and Rio's New Year (Reveillon) celebrations are ranked among the world's biggest extravaganzas. The city hosts musical shows in several districts to ri…

New Year's Eve

31 December annually

Various

Brazilians know how to party and Rio's New Year (Reveillon) celebrations are ranked among the world's biggest extravaganzas. The city hosts musical shows in several districts to ring in the New Year, with Copacabana Beach hosting a crowd of more than two million people annually. Partygoers dress in white to bid farewell to the previous year and celebrate the arrival of the next. A fabulous display of fireworks illuminates the sky at midnight, amid much festivity and dancing. Hotels, clubs and restaurants also offer a variety of party options with formal balls, diverse menus and tropical buffets.


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