The biggest show on Earth, marked by spectacular parades, parties, outdoor performances, is around the corner. Rio de Janeiro Carnival gives millions of travelers an excellent excuse to visit Brazil. Whether you have booked your round-trip flight to Rio De Janeiro or are planning to go for it, spare a few minutes to read this Rio De Janeiro Brazil travel guide 2019.
Rio Carnival 2019: Date
Afternoon, February 9 – midday, February 14. The festival begins on Friday before Ash Wednesday, i.e., 51 days to Easter and ends on Ash Wednesday noon, i.e., 46 days before Easter.
Rio Carnival 2019: What to Expect in the Celebration
The colorful celebration reflects the cultural and religious richness of the area. The influence of African culture and religions on this carnival demonstrates clearly. Vibrant samba parade and dances are the key elements of the celebration that leaves visitors spellbound. Here are the top attractions of the Rio Carnival.
If you are running out of time, and want to capture the key attractions of the carnival at one place, consider exploring Sambadrome, an exhibition divided into many sectors. You need to buy tickets to watch this exhibition. Purchase your tickets online or offline through agents or brokers. Make sure to reach the venue in advance if you want to grab the front seats from where you can have a spectacular view of the parade down.
#2. Drum Queen
Samba schools of Rio de Janeiro leave no stone unturned to make this celebration classic. There is a cut-throat competition amidst dancers to become Queen of Samba. Participants start their preparation as early as two to three years ago. Costumes and dancing of participants attract millions of spectators on to the city’s streets. The queen leads the parade. Visitors try to gain the attention of the queen, and they feel being honored with her little gesture. However, the desire to become the apple of the eyes makes parade participants to undergo grueling training sessions lasting up to several months in the run-up to the parade.
#3. Float with a giant Lemuel Gulliver
In your childhood, you might have read Gulliver’s Travels. The carnival makes him one of the chief attractions and takes you back to school. A giant statue of Gulliver is placed on a slow-moving trailer with many people having fun with his body and dresses. The gigantic sculpture is gradually made to stand upright.
#4. Saint George and the Dragon
A float with the Dragon of Saint George provides a sneak peek into the 11th and 12th centuries. Saint George demonstrates an unprecedented example of taking a conscious decision in the wellbeing of the community. In the narrative set in Cappadocia era, the saint does not hesitate in slaying his tamed dragon because it wanted human sacrifices.
#5. A float with a Camel Caravan
You might have heard bedtime stories of caravan travel. Book your cheap flight to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to see and experience the plots. The decoration of camels and the carriage is worth watching, and you would find many practices and rituals that are deeply rooted in the Brazilian culture.
#6. Street carnival
Transcending the boundaries of Sambadrome, the carnival makes its way on to the streets. Characterized by parades, blocos, bandas, music and dance, Samba dance mainly, the street carnival appears as the biggest carnival attracting locals and guests alike.
Rio de Janeiro Airport
The city is primarily served by Galeão International Airport (IATA: GIG), which is recognized as the second-busiest airport and the 4th busiest cargo terminal in the country. The airport has two terminals that support domestic as well as international flight services. The airport has got ultra-modern parking facility equipped with Automatic Vehicle Identification (IAV) systems from ConectCar and Sem Parar. This is also the peak tourism season in Brazil, so book your flight ticket in advance.