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Carnaval 2017 Party Planner

Carnaval season in Rio starts basically after New Year's Eve celebrations. Things start to really warm up a couple of weeks ahead the official party. Dates change every year. Carnaval 2017 is from February 25 (Saturday) through Tuesday February 28 (Mardi-Gras). The Champions' Parade is on Saturday May 4. On Sunday mega Monobloco takes over Centro.

Pre-Carnaval in Rio now has a page of its own. We are assuming you are coming for the main event, during the peak of our high season. Arriving a few days ahead makes a lot of sense. There's so much to do and see partywise, that you will not have much time left to explore the city.

Friends having fun at Banda de Ipanema!
Small groups of friends wearing coordinated costume or T-shirts are always fun.

To experience Carnaval in all its glory there is a checklist of must-do's that you do not have to follow. Street festivities (bandas and blocos), the Samba Parade, and Carnaval Balls make the trilogy. The party circuit is an attraction apart, a lot of people come to Rio only to dance to their favorite DJ's, and enjoy the beach.

Your travel budget is also an important issue to address. Even with discounts, hotel rates are higher than during low season. The city is as crowded as it gets. Luxury costume balls and tickets to the Sambodromo are expensivish. Yet street carnaval is free, and parties are affordable.

Warming up at the Concentration in the Sambadrome.
The Concentration area of the Sambadrome is simply amazing!

Carnaval Friday and Saturday

Friday is not even an official Carnaval day yet unofficial is perfectly fine. There are more Carnaval activities than you can handle, and the party scene is fierce. Thank God it's Friday and you are in Rio. This is the peak of high season - no jet lag, and mind our time zone.

Sambódromo is already on full Carnaval mode, and this is the first parade of Group A, Access Group Samba Schools. They include many familiar names, and tickets are priced lower. You can even consider a spot at a special camarote.

Cariocas are very partial about their favorite blocos! Just ask around.

We have two personal favorites on Friday. Bloco das Carmelitas is a themed event in Santa Teresa, with a profusion of nuns and priests, angels and devils. Rola Preguiçosa, in Ipanema, starts later. The concentration at Laoga is a find. The party circuit is on big time.

Friday - February 24, 2017

  • Bloco das Carmelitas in Santa Teresa passes by the hisotrical Carmelite Convent, which set the inspiration for costumes. Concentration at Ladeira de Santa Teresa. - 1 p.m.
  • Banda do Lido has been around since the 60's. We respect tradition. Concentration at Rua Ronald de Carvalho - 4 p.m.
  • Embaixadores da Folia in Centro are celebrating their 13th anniversary! Concentration at Buraco do Lume. - 5 p.m.
  • Rola Preguiçosa in Ipanema was founded in the 90's. The Concentration is on Rua Maria Quitéria, at the corner with Lagoa. - 6 p.m.
  • Carnaval Samba Parade - Group A: The first parade of access group samba schools is this Friday at the Sambadrome featuring: Acadêmicos do Sossego, Alegria da Zona Sul, Unidos do Viradouro, Império da Tijuca, União Curicica, Estácio de Sá, Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz - 10 p.m.
  • Camarote Candybox and Camarote Treta are all-inclusve, and feature special attractions including pocket shows and DJ's - 9 p.m.
  • Off-Carnaval Parties featuring our pick of the crop. All events with links to e-flyers and more details!
  • LGBTQ Parties We count on the expertise of www.riogayguide.com to select the best events!
  • Complete list of Blocos by day and area, courtesy of G1.
Some characters you only find at Banda de Ipanema, since 1965.

Saturday - February 25, 2017

  • Cordão da Bola Preta was founded in 1919. The parade on Saturday morning has attracted as many as one million revelers. It's as big as it gets! Concentration on Rua Primeiro de Março - 8 a.m.
  • Bloco da Favorita starts early in the morning at Copacabana Beach. The Concentration is at Rua Francisco de Sá. - 8 a.m.
  • Bloco Céu na Terra takes over Santa Teresa this morning! The Concentration is at Largo dos Guimarães. - 8 a.m.
  • Bloco Dois pra Lá Dois pra Cá is a favorite with ballroom dance enthusiasts, headed by Carlinhos de Jesus. Concentration at Rua Álvaro Ramos in Botafogo. - 9 a.m.
  • Bloco Empolga às 9 is on its second edition, and the Concentration is at Posto 6 in Copacabana. - 9 p.m.
  • Bloco Carioca da Gema with Concentration at Rua dos Arcos, Centro - 4 p.m.
  • Banda de Ipanema, since 1965! The concentration is at Praça General Osório. The parade does a loop by the beach and the main street. - 5 p.m.
  • Carnaval Samba Parade - Group A: The second parade of access group samba schools is this Saturday at the Sambadrome, featuring: Acadêmicos Rocinha, Acadêmicos Cubango, Inocentes de Belford Roxo, Império Serrano, Unidos de Padre Miguel, Renascer de Jacarepaguá, Unidos Porto da Pedra - 10 p.m.
  • Off-Carnaval Parties featuring our pick of the crop. All events with links to e-flyers and more details!
  • LGBTQ Parties We count on the expertise of www.riogayguide.com to select the best events!
  • Complete list of Blocos by day and area, courtesy of G1.
Sometimes less is more. Carnaval happens in the peak of summer.
Attitude counts a lot. People are in a friendly party mode. Feel the good vibes!

Carnaval Sunday and Monday

These are the days of the main parade, featuring Special Group Samba Schools at the Sambadrome. Depending on who you buy your tickets from, it may include round-trip transportation and other benefits. Keep in mind the face value for comparison's sake.

Streets are alive and happening, with a fine selection of blocos in all sizes all over town. These may not be the best days to go on a city tour, many streets are taken over by pedestrians in a party mode. The Samba Parade is broadcast live on TV and on the Internet. There are more off-Carnaval parties than anyone can handle! Enjoy.

Arquibancadas or bleacher seats are the least expensive tickets to the Samba Parade.
Sector 9 bleachers are numbered. At other sectors you have to find your own seat.

Sunday - February 26, 2017

  • Cordão do Boitatá is stationed at PraÇa Quinze de Novembro (PraÇa XV) in Centro. The fun starts at 9 a.m.
  • Bloco Primeiro Amor, featuring retro samba, is the special at Praia do Pepê, in Barra. - 9 a.m.
  • Que Merda é Essa? is a typical neighborhood bloco in Ipanema, where friends get together to party. There's even an offspring for children, Que Caquina é Essa?. Concentration at Bar Paz & Amor on Rua Garcia D'Ávila - 10 a.m.
  • Bangalafumenga, the celebrated bloco, parades this Sunday morning. The Concentration is at Aterro do Flamengo by Monumento dos Pracinhas. - 10 a.m.
  • Simpatia é Quase Amor is the big highlight in Ipanema this Sunday. Concentration at Praça General Osório - 4 p.m.
  • Bloco March Nerd parades today in Tijuca! The Concentration is at Praça Xavier de Brito (Praça dos Cavalinhos) - 2 p.m.
  • Special Group Samba School Carnaval Parade 2017 featuring Paraiso Tuiuti, Grande Rio, Imperatriz, Vila Isabel, Salgueiro and Beija-Flor. - 10 p.m.
  • Off-Carnaval Parties featuring our pick of the crop. All events with links to e-flyers and more details!
  • LGBTQ Parties We count on the expertise of www.riogayguide.com to select the best events!
  • Complete list of Blocos by day and area, courtesy of G1.
People wearing costumes do not mind posing for photos. Just ask!
Revelers wearing fun costumes do not mind posing for photos, just ask!

Carnaval Monday is your second chance to watch the Samba Parade. The champion of the previous year traditionally is the last school to parade on Monday, so you want to stay until the end.

Street festivities start early in Leme, Centro and Flamengo. Afroreggae is back after a quick recess in 2016, and there's Sargento Pimenta where songs by The Beatles are played with a Carnaval beat. Off-Carnaval parties featuring Brazilian and international DJ's complete the range of options.

The closest view you have to the Samba Parade is from street level frisas.

Monday - February 27, 2017

  • Desfile do Bloco Virtual 2017 happens in Leme. The events are always fun, with live music and attractions that include preformers in stilts. Children-friendly. - 8 a.m.
  • Bloco Afroreggae has a loyal following, and they are back to Centro with the bigger blocos! The Concentration is on Rua Rua Primeiro de Março. - 9 a.m.
  • Bloco do Sargento Pimenta is a theme event. This year they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles. Concentration at Aterro do Flamengo. - 10 a.m.
  • Bloco Me Gusta La Paz features a great line-up of DJ's playing in the open air at Rua do Rezende in Centro - 2 p.m.
  • Desfile Comuna QUE PARIU 2017 is dedicated to the LGBTQ community. The concentration is on Rua Alcindo Guanabara, in Centro. - 3 a.m.
  • Bloco da Eclética is on Rua do Ouvidor featuring the percussion band Meninas do Rio, and DJ's. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Special Group Samba School Carnaval Parade 2017 featuring União da Ilha, São Clemente, Mocidade, Unidos da Tijuca, Portela and Mangueira. - 10 p.m.
  • Off-Carnaval Parties featuring our pick of the crop. All events with links to e-flyers and more details!
  • LGBTQ Parties We count on the expertise of www.riogayguide.com to select the best events!
  • Complete list of Blocos by day and area, courtesy of G1.
Group of friends SAFADINHAS wearing a fairy costume
Blocos happen in the open air - make sure to wear sun protection and a smile.

Carnaval Tuesday - Mardi Gras

The last offical Carnaval day is Fat Tuesday, Mardi-Gras in French. If you stayed out until very late, we have good news. Fun starts very early. You also have great choices in the afternoon. In the evening a choice of Carnaval balls and off-Carnaval parties will complete the package. Don't leave town, though. We have a whole lot more entertainment for you next weekend!

Age is not really a factor when it comes to enjoying Carnaval in the streets. The whole family can party together!
Different generations enjoying Carnaval together. It really is part of our culture.

Tuesday - February 28, 2017

LGBTQ Carnaval 2017 in Rio - Party planner by www.riogayguide.com

LGBTQ Carnaval 2017 in Rio

All colors of the rainbow are present at our Carnaval festivities. In addition to all the street fun and the Samba Parade, the party circuit is amazing. The best local and international DJ's are in town! This page is daily updated to make sure you get all the latest news! Courtesy of www.riogayguide.com

Post Carnaval Weekend

On Wednesday the result of the Samba Parade is announced, and you can start looking forward to the Champions' Parade on Saturday! On Sunday Monobloco is the big star in Centro, attracting hundreds of thousands of revelers. Some Cariocas say that the year only starts after Carnaval, and in many ways it is true. We hope to see you again next year!

Tickets to the Champions' Parade on Saturday are affordable!

Saturday - March 4, 2017

  • Bloco das Poderosas may attract as many as 200k revelers. The Concentration at Rua Primeiro de Março in Centro - 9 a.m.
  • Quizomba is stationed at Rua dos Arcos, right in front of Circo Voador. - 9 a.m.
  • Mulheres de Chico in tribute to Chico Buarque, features a girls band. They've been around since 2006. Concentration is at Praia do Leme. - 4 p.m.
  • Bloco Bafafá is stationed at Posto 9, along Ipanema Beach. Since 2003. - 5 p.m.
  • Rio Carnaval 2017 Champions' Parade at the Sambadrome is tonight! The six Special Group Samba Schools which scored best take over the Samba Runway. - 10 p.m.
  • Off-Carnaval Parties featuring our pick of the crop. All events with links to e-flyers and more details!
  • LGBTQ Parties We count on the expertise of www.riogayguide.com to select the best events!
  • Complete list of Blocos by day and area, courtesy of G1.
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Sunday is the last post-Carnaval day, and it ends on a happy note. Monobloco starts early in the morning, and this is one of our celebrated mega-blocos. Their parades in Centro have already attracted as many as 400k revelers! The band spreads Carioca culture. This year there are events in Rio, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte! In Ipanema, Galinha do Meio Dia, a small yet traditional neighborhood bloco, concentrates at Ipanema Beach in the afternoon. There's always more next year...

All things come to and end, even Carnaval in Rio. Keep the good memories.

Sunday - March 5, 2017

  • Monobloco is the big star with a huge event in Centro. Concentration at Rua Primeiro de Março. - 8 a.m.
  • Galinha do Meio Dia was founded in 1995. Their parade closes street festivities in Ipanema, leaving with a taste for more. Concentration at Ipanema Beach, corner of Country Club (Rua Henrique Dumont). - 3 p.m.
  • Off-Carnaval Parties featuring our pick of the crop. All events with links to e-flyers and more details!
  • LGBTQ Parties We count on the expertise of www.riogayguide.com to select the best events!
  • Complete list of Blocos by day and area, courtesy of G1.
Hope to see you again next year. We love to share is Carnaval in Rio!