Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2025

When: Friday, February 28, 2025 - Tuesday, March 4, 2025
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Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Once a year,  Rio de Janeiro holds the world’s big and famous carnival. It begins forty days before the Catholic holiday, Lent. The celebrations start Friday, prior to Ash Wednesday up until the following Tuesday. Ash Wednesday is a day used for recovering from the previous sleepless nights.

Thousands of people, local and tourists pour into town and the demand for accommodation is higher than usual, therefore it is advisable to check hotel prices and make reservations ahead of time. The carnival binds the Samba’s schools for two days of contest parade that last for 75 minutes and to the parade of the winners that takes place on the third day.

In the contest parades every school demonstrates its tempo and color abilities. In the first two days, a fix number of schools compete, every day, on scores in various known categories that were set by skilled judges.

At the end of the two contest’s days only those groups who gain the high scores participate in the winner parade that takes place on the third day. Special tribunes are located along the one km parade course. The observers who succeeded in finding/buying seats on these tribunes can have fascinating experience.

For accommodations, check the most recommended hotels in Rio de Janeiro and around, most of them suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY:
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As unforeseen circumstances can arise, the details of events are subject to change. We highly recommend checking with the organizers before making any travel arrangements to ensure up-to-date information.

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