Pre-Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

Pre-Carnaval in Rio basically starts right after New Year's Eve. Summer is high season, yet lodging rates only go up during the main event. Your best bet to save is planning your trip either around one, or two weeks ahead the official date.

Participate in favorite street festivities featuring major Bandas and Blocos. Enjoy a free rehearsal of a Special Group Samba School at the Sambodromo. Explore nightlife possibilities. And add time for the beach, and sightseeing, of course!

Two Weeks Ahead: Jan. 27-28

Early birds get their reward. The city is not as full, lodging is priced lower, and you can accommodate sightseeing, beach hopping, and visit historical areas. Things start to warm up on Friday. On the weekend there are fabulous bandas!

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

Spanta Neném starts early in the morning around Lagoa, with Spantinha. There's music, dancing, costumes, and mask workshops for children. Carioca culture is handed down that way! The parade starts a bit later, right after noon. They march towards Ipanema. This year there's also an after party!

In the afternoon Banda de Ipanema starts gathering at 4 p.m. Around 5:30 they parade to the beach towards Leblon, take a turn at Rua Joana Angélica. The way back to Praça General Osório is along main commercial street - Rua Visconde de Pirajá.

Bloco Desliga da Justiça, in Baixo Gávea, is another great bet. Their gathering is in the morning at Praça Santos Dumont, and the theme is superheroes! Yes, there are many themed blocos.

On Sunday morning do not miss the parade of Bloco Volta, Alice - the pride of Laranjeiras. Join rehearsals at samba schools or night clubs, keep an eye for technical rehearsals at the Sambodromo, and enjoy the party scene!

Saturday - January 27, 2018

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

Sunday - January 28, 2018

Banda de Ipanema 2018
Banda de Ipanema attracts many colorful characters. We never miss an edition!

One Week Ahead: Feb. 3-4

This is as close as you get to Carnaval without having to deal with higher lodging rates. Try to arrive a couple of days earlier to enjoy the city, visit the sights, and enjoy the summer beach. There are street festivities happening all over town. In Ipanema the first parade of favorite Simpatia é Quase Amor is on Saturday afternoon. There is a new theme song every year, and the friendly atmosphere is contagious.

If you want to play the part, look the part. Costumes are fun!

Saturday - February 3, 2018

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Other popular blocos this weekend include Tambores de Olokun in Flamengo, Cordão do Boitatá in Lapa, Bloco Suvaco de Cristo in Jardim Botânico. Bloco da Preta is one of the biggies, and the parade is in Centro on Sunday. The off-Carnaval circuit is on full blast with prime Brazilian and international DJ's at the best venues.

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

Sunday - February 4, 2018

  • Bloco Chora Me Liga starts very early, and it attracts as many as 100k people to Copacabana! The theme is sertanejo, Brazilian country music. Concentration at Forte de Copacabana, Posto 6. - 8 a.m.
  • Bloco Suvaco do Cristo is one of our favorites, since 1986! The Concentration is on Rua Jardim Botânico corner of Rua Faro, the the route is towards Praça Santos Dumont. - 9 a.m.
  • Bloco da Preta is one of the biggies, it has attracted as many as 400k people! The Concentration is on Rua Primeiro de Março in Centro. - 9 p.m.
  • Bloco Fogo e Paixão has a theme repertoire where Brega beats set the mood. Wear something tacky to mingle! Concentration at Largo São Francisco de Paula, Centro - 9:30 a.m.
  • Escravos de Mauá is celebrating their 25th anniversary. The location is historical - Largo de São Francisco da Prainha, in the new near the new and renovated Praça Mauá! - 3 p.m.
  • Techincal Reherasal at Sambódromo featuring Mangueira. Free admission. - 8 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.
The best accessory you can bring to any bloco is a smile. Enjoy!
LGBTQ Carnaval 2018 in Rio - Party planner by www.riogayguide.com

LGBTQ Carnaval 2018 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