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Officially, the carnival lasts four days from Saturday to Tuesday, before Ash Wednesday, but in Rio de Janeiro, the carnival will not stop until next weekend. The date changes between February and March and is the beginning of Lent.
THE SAMBADROME: A COURSE OF RHYTHM AND COLOR
Sambadrome is a stadium created specifically for the parae of Samba schools during the Rio’s Carnival. This is the work of the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. He built a 700-meters track on the famous Marqués de Sapucaí Avenue, and the square leading to the end of the route is marked with an “M”-shaped monument called (Arco da Apoteose), Apotheosis arch.
SAMBA SCHOOLS: RHYTHM AND TASTE OF THE CELEBRATION
The samba school is an organized group that represents different popular areas through music, dance and singing. Each school must choose a specific theme for the Marqués de Sapucaí parade and make music, dance, costumes and floats based on the selected plot.
THE CARNIVAL IN THE STREET: PARTY AND ENJOY EVERYWHERE
During the carnival, more than 500 street bands parades (Blocos de Rua) were held in Rio de Janeiro, informal and spontaneous carnival parades on the streets. Whether they are locals or foreigners, regardless of their social status or skin color, it is a big gathering of people gathered on the street. They participate in free street parties.
The most popular are the blocos: Cordão do Bola Preta, Cacique de Ramos and Bafo da Onça (Rio Branco at the historic center); sympathetic and enthusiastic admiration and Banda Ipanema; Rancho Flor Do Sereno and Monobloco or Bip-Bip (Copacabana); Suvaco do Cristo (Botanical Garden) and “Bloco Das Carmelitas” at Santa Teresa .