What Is the Rio de Janeiro Carnaval?
By Vikram Kumar
The Rio de Janeiro Carnaval is a yearly event held in Brazil's capital. It's one of the largest celebrations in the world and over half a million people attend each year. The Carnaval Rio lasts four days and starts four days before Ash Wednesday, which signifies the beginning of Lent.
The Rio de Janeiro Carnaval is a flamboyant, fantastic event, full of incredible floats, elaborate costumes, and of course, samba music! Samba is the popular Brazilian music that is known for it's liveliness and hypnotic beat. The Samba Parade is considered the highlight of the Carnaval Rio. Lasting for many hours, it's a competition of local Samba School, with thousands of participants. In fact, this is such a large event that fifty judges are needed. Each School will perform for 65-85 minutes. The music, lyrics, costumes, choreography, theme, and floats are prepaired months prior to the Carnaval Rio. It's one of the most celebrated times of the year for most of people who lives in Rio.
The Rio de Janeiro Carnaval begins with the crowning of Fat King, who is also known as the Rei Momo. He represents the Greek god of mockery and is a symbol for Fat Tuesday. There is also a Queen of the Carnival and this is one of the greatest honors for a Brazilian woman.
Another tradition of the Carnival Rio is the balls and parties. Some are quite formal and reserved for society's elite. The crème de la crème attends the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace. This is the most glamorous party in Rio and tickets are available some months the Carnaval starts. For those that need something a little more budget-minded, there are street parties throughout the entire city. Everyone is welcome and guaranteed a fantastic time.
If you want to attend the Samba Parade or any other event in the Rio de Janeiro Carnaval, you should start making plans to attend now. Accommodations are available for every budget, but hotels fill up quickly. You'll also want to get your Carnaval Rio tickets early, because they sell out fast. Don't try to buy tickets from anyone but a reputable source. There are far too many fake tickets available. It would be a shame to miss out on the Samba Parade because your tickets aren't legitimate. One thing is certain - the Rio de Janeiro Carnaval is certainly going to be an experience of a lifetime.
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