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Sao Paulo Carnival photo

Sao Paulo Carnival

8 — 14 February 2024

Sambodromo and Avenue Paulista are central to the festivities.

Although São Paulo's carnival is less famous than Rio's, travellers will still be enthralled by its glittering, colourful and riotous festivities. Travellers might even find that …

Sao Paulo Carnival

8 — 14 February 2024

Sambodromo and Avenue Paulista are central to the festivities.

Although São Paulo's carnival is less famous than Rio's, travellers will still be enthralled by its glittering, colourful and riotous festivities. Travellers might even find that the comparative lack of tourists makes the festival seem more authentic, while tickets are also significantly cheaper and easier to come by in São Paulo. The main parades (blocos) make their way down Avenue Paulista, and the samba school competitions that form the backbone of the festival programme are held in the Sambodromo, which accommodates up to 30,000 people. As elsewhere in Brazil, the residents of São Paulo dress up in vibrant costumes to celebrate carnival with lots of street parties and unbridled revelry.

Brazilian F1 Grand Prix photo

Brazilian F1 Grand Prix

11 — 13 Nov 2022

Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos)

The bumpy Autódromo José Carlos Pace in the Interlagos neighbourhood of São Paulo is not a favourite with the drivers, but it's one of the most thrilling circuits for spectators…

Brazilian F1 Grand Prix

11 — 13 Nov 2022

Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos)

The bumpy Autódromo José Carlos Pace in the Interlagos neighbourhood of São Paulo is not a favourite with the drivers, but it's one of the most thrilling circuits for spectators. The track is 10 miles (16km) from the city centre and is a challenging course, making for an exciting and often unpredictable race. There is always a great atmosphere, with the stands often filled with the yellow, blue and green of the Brazilian colours.

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Sao Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade photo

Sao Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade

15 — 19 June 2022

Ave. Paulista

The São Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade is one of the city's major events and the highlight of a month-long programme that includes parties, street fairs, film festivals, shows and the t…

Sao Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade

15 — 19 June 2022

Ave. Paulista

The São Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade is one of the city's major events and the highlight of a month-long programme that includes parties, street fairs, film festivals, shows and the traditional Gay Day at Hopi Hari Amusement Park. The São Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade is said to be the biggest of its kind in the world, having grown from 2,000 people in 1997 to include more than a whopping five million people today, who gather on the streets waving rainbow flags in condemnation of homophobia, racism and sexism. As with most Pride parades, many people choose to dress up extravagantly and the parade is accompanied by lots of fringe parties and festivities.

Website www.gaypridebrazil.org/sao-paulo