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Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

1. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

Rio's Carnival is the most popular and the best Carnival in the world! No wonder it was named “Largest Carnival in the World” in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Carioca Carnival is a cultural event, where freedom of expression dominates in a creative and fun way, represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and a street carnival. The official Samba School parades take place in Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by the most renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1983 with capacity for 80,000 spectators. Every year, the Samba Schools compete for the Carnival Champion Title, one school will be chosen as the best of the best. More than 30,000 people perform throughout Carnival. Each school has between 4,000 and 5,000 participants. There are 5 days of parades, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and Parade of Champions. Access Group In the Access Group, the best Samba Schools will be able to participate in the Special Group in the following year. You will see 12 schools parade with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those, who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group  These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 14 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro show all their creativity and innovations. These are the true magical nights of the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade with major league schools. Champions Parade On that night, the top six Special Group schools, plus the Access Group Champion repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

Rio de Janeiro: Sambadrome Rio Carnival Tickets 2023

2. Rio de Janeiro: Sambadrome Rio Carnival Tickets 2023

Watch the Rio de Janeiro samba school parades at Carnaval Rio 2023, the greatest show on earth. Buy your ticket for the Grandstand and choose between sectors 6, 7, 8 or 9. Seating is reserved in sector 9 only. The grandstands are the liveliest part of the Sambadrome, with a great view of the parade. The seats are concrete steps and the tickets are the most affordable of the event. Only Sector 9 is numbered, offering more convenience with assigned seat during the entire parade night. ACCESS GROUP PARADE - 2/17/2023 and 2/18/2023 The traditional samba schools parade on Friday and Saturday in search of top positions and a place in the Special Group in the following year's competition. SPECIAL GROUP PARADE - 2/19/2023 and 2/20/2023 Rio de Janeiro's best samba schools parade on Carnival Sunday and Monday in search of the title of champion of Rio Carnival 2023. These are the most popular days, when the biggest schools parade, six of them on Sunday and another six on Monday. CHAMPIONS PARADE - 2/25/2023 After the result, the six best samba schools of the Special Group make one last presentation at the Sambódromo. Without the pressure of the jury, the Parade of Champions has an even more special energy!

Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

3. Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

Experience Rio's Carnival, the most popular and the best parade in the world. This incredible cultural event is characterized by its freedom of expression, and creative and fun atmosphere represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and street carnival. The official parade takes place in the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer with capacity for 80,000 spectators.  Start the tour with a shared shuttle transfer to the Sambodrome, from main hotels in Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon, Lapa, Barra da Tijuca, Centro, and Rio Cruise Port. Choose to spectate the incredible event from 5 days of the parade which are divided into 3 categories: Access Group, Special Group and Parade of Champions. – February 17th, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 18th, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 19th, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 25th, 2023 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best schools) Access Group - Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th On these dates, watch as some schools compete to get access to the main league for the following year. This event is perfect for those that want to experience the magic of carnival but have a limited budget. Special Group - Sunday, February 19th and Monday, February 20th With this option, experience the main days of the Carnival Parade. Marvel at the best Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro showing all their creativity and innovations as you enjoy a magical night in the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade and features the major league schools. Champions Parade - Saturday February 25th On this night, the top 6 Special Group Schools plus the Access Group champions repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the carnival champions of the year. At the end of the tour, take the return shuttle transfer back to your hotel.

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

4. Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

Discover what goes on backstage at Rio's Carnival with this guided walking tour. Watch as preparations are made for the world's most famous parade with this attraction ticket. Wear some authentic costumes and take a Samba workshop before savoring a cocktail.  Be greeted by your guide at Samba City and begin your behind-the-scenes tour. See the carnival factory and find out how the floats and costumes are produced for the parade. Uncover the history of Samba and hear the story of Rio's carnival.  Try on some authentic carnival costumes and get some stunning glam shots. Participate in a Samba workshop with a professional dancer from a Samba school. Finish your tour by sipping on a delicious caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.

Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

5. Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

Ginga Tropical: Brazilian roots will bring you a multicultural show with lots of joy and energy, gathering on stage various cultures of this tropical country. For about 3 hours, you are going to enjoy every Brazilian dance style. After your hotel pick-up, if you choose the show with dinner option, you will arrive at a traditional Barbecue Dinner, all you can eat style. Brazilian Churrascarias (barbecue places) offer a wide variety of sides and alternative options. In case you decide to stick with a vegetarian option, you will still leave delighted. For those who preferred the show only option, they will be picked up at their hotels before heading to the show by bus.  You will get to know every Brazilian region through dance performance and clothing. Ginga Tropical: Brazilian roots combines diversity and culture with The Journal of Theatre, the Northeast, the Amazon and the Pampas with its Folklore, Bahia with their mystical rituals and Rio de Janeiro with its incomparable bohemian Lapa, their dance halls and their legendary Tricksters. A breathtaking show, with fantastic drummers and beautiful Mulatas dressed in outstanding carnival costumes. Even when you think that the show is close to the end, you may be surprised with interactive dancers. It’s time to shake your hips, so don’t be shy because the show must go on!

Rio de Janeiro: Samba Class and Samba Night Tour

6. Rio de Janeiro: Samba Class and Samba Night Tour

Do you feel nervous or unsure about heading out to dance in a new city? Let a Samba dance instructor get you started off on the right foot in Rio de Janeiro, and take a 1-hour Samba lesson at a professional studio in Ipanema. Your instructor will show you some of the key steps of Brazil's favorite dance during a class to get you warmed up. Then go for a night out in a typical Brazilian nightclub and practice the new moves and steps you learned just hours earlier. A lesson followed by night out is a great way to combine new technical skills, such as basic and intermediate steps, with the real dance club atmosphere. Get to know Rio's famous nightlife and meet some locals as you build confidence in your dancing and have a great night out!

Brazilian Passions Tour: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

7. Brazilian Passions Tour: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

After pick-up from your hotel, you’ll be taken to the Mario Filho Stadium, also known as the Maracanã Stadium. Visit the locker room decorated with shirts of some Brazilian Clubs, the warm up room, and the press conference room. You’ll even be able to sit down at one of the benches as if you were part of the back-up team, and finally, step out on the field and feel like a famous soccer player.   Following the Maracanã, you’ll be taken to Sambódromo, where the Carnival Parade takes place, as well as Samba City, where many samba dance schools build their floats and costumes for the parade. Try on a costume and feel like a King, Princess, or Greek God or Goddess! Finish this part of the tour off with a break for lunch in a traditional steakhouse, where you can try the traditional Brazilian churrasco, a type of grilled meat.   After lunch, visit the Museum for the Brazilian Soccer Team. Learn how the most glorious and feared team of players were responsible for turning soccer into a national passion and understand why the 200 million inhabitants become a soccer coach during the game. See trophies, photos, images and state-of-the-art technology that make the visit to the Museum an amazing and interactive experience. Head back to the hotel after this unique experience through Brazilian passions.  

Rio: Salgueiro Samba School Rehearsal Admission w/ Transfer

8. Rio: Salgueiro Samba School Rehearsal Admission w/ Transfer

Who says you should wait until Carnival to see the Samba Schools? Samba Schools begin their preparation for the big Carnival parade several months earlier. The first samba school rehearsals start in July or August (this depends on each samba school). Every Saturday night we visit the prestigious Salgueiro Samba School (one of the best in Rio de Janeiro) and it will be a pleasure to take you to this unforgettable experience. Depending on your hotel, we will pick you up between 20:30 and 21:30. On arrival at the Samba School Rehearsal, a comfortable table will have been reserved for you. This magical evening will begin with an entertaining Brazilian Popular Music Band. Beautiful dancers, (baianas), talented musicians and the flag-bearing couple will introduce you to the fascinating world of Samba and Rio Carnival. The highlight of the evening will be at about 00:30 with the presentation of the "Bateria" (rhythm section), the heart of the samba school. Sixty percussion instruments played simultaneously in perfect harmony create a wonderful rhythm of unequaled strength and joy. This rhythm is a treasure, a true cultural heritage of inestimable value. You will remember this night forever ! We can describe the rehearsal of the samba schools, but there are no words to explain the incredible energy and unique feeling of visiting a samba school. The Salgueiro samba school rehearsal is not just a spectacle, it's a wonderful cultural experience that you can't miss on your visit to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Tickets with Transportation

9. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Tickets with Transportation

Watch the Rio de Janeiro samba school parades at Carnaval Rio 2023, the greatest show on earth. Be picked up from your hotel for the Sambadrome. Choose your ticket for the Grandstand in sectors 6 or 8. The Grandstand is the liveliest part of the Sambadrome, with a great view of the parade due to its elevated position. The seats are concrete steps and the tickets are the most affordable of the event. Access group parade - 2/17/2023 and 2/18/2023 The traditional samba schools parade on Friday and Saturday in search of top positions and a place in the Special Group in the following year's competition. Special group parade - 2/19/2023 and 2/20/2023 Rio de Janeiro's best samba schools parade on Carnival Sunday and Monday in search of the title of champion of Rio Carnival 2023. These are the most sought-after tickets for carnival lovers. Champions parade - 2/25/2023 After the result, the six best samba schools of the Special Group make one last presentation at the Sambódromo. Without the pressure of the jury, the Parade of Champions has even more special energy.

Rio: Premium Carnival Seating with Food, Drinks, & Transfer

10. Rio: Premium Carnival Seating with Food, Drinks, & Transfer

Witness the world-famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival from a privileged perspective. Have a magical night by being picked up from your accommodation and shown to your premium box by your guide. Take in the vibrant dances as you enjoy unlimited drinks, a buffet table, and private entertainment. Be driven to the Sambadrome by a professional driver, then escorted to your seat by your guide, who will be there to assist you all night. Admire the parade from a VIP box, just a few meters from the catwalk. See how the most talented samba schools compete for the honor of being Carnival champions. Take advantage of the cabin area's premium services, such as an open bar with beer, whiskey, vodka, and soft drinks, a food buffet, a beauty center, a chillout space with massages, private shows, and DJ performances. Become surrounded by lively music, skillful choreography, and amazing costumes. Each school creates an 80-minute presentation, so you're guaranteed non-stop entertainment for a long time. However, while the parade lasts 8 hours, you're welcome to take an early transfer to your hotel after the fourth performance. Otherwise, stay back and party the night away.

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Carnival Parade is a huge competition of different samba schools. You will be impressed by the efforts those schools used for art, music, idea, choreography. There are hundreds of thousands visitors watchin in area of 2 metro stations and thousands of dancers and musicians performing from sunset to sunrise. It is must go for everyone at least once in a life. Ticket company does speak English, they use WhatsApp for easier communication too, in case you cannot find their office. One concern - it should include subway ticket but it was not in the paper bag with carnival ticket.

Worthwhile few hours, chance to see what goes on behind the scenes: If not in Rio for the carnival, an opportunity to better understand the 'Carnival Process', along with a bit of fun putting on carnival costumes. You are in Rio to be a tourist: This was fun and interesting and supports the local community.

Genuine experience. You get to know a lot about samba and carnival! Totally with the price, all the funds are distributed to an NGO.

It was so interesting and super fun! We want to come back to participate in Carnival next year!

Good backstage information about the carnival and history associated with it…good fun too