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Carnaval 2018 Party Planner

Carnaval season in Rio starts basically after New Year's Eve celebrations. Things really warm up a couple of weeks ahead the official party. Dates change every year. Carnaval 2018 is from February 10 (Saturday) through Tuesday, February 13 (Mardi-Gras). The Champions' Parade is on Saturday February 17. On Sunday mega Monobloco takes over Centro.

Pre-Carnaval in Rio has a page of its own. We are assuming you are coming for the main event, during the peak of our high season. Arriving a few days ahead makes a lot of sense. Staying a few more days afterwards, too. There's so much to do and see partywise, that you will not have much time left to explore the city.

Friends having fun at Banda de Ipanema!
Small groups of friends wearing coordinated costume or T-shirts are always fun.

To experience Carnaval in all its glory there is a checklist of must-do's to follow. Street festivities (bandas and blocos), the Samba Parade, and Carnaval Balls or Parties make the trilogy. The off-Carnaval party circuit is an attraction apart. A lot of people come to Rio only to dance to their favorite DJ's, and enjoy the beach.

Your travel budget is also an important issue to address. Even with discounts, hotel rates are higher than during low season. The city is as crowded as it gets. Luxury costume balls and tickets to the Sambodromo are expensivish. Yet street carnaval is free, and parties are affordable.

Warming up at the Concentration in the Sambadrome.
The Concentration area of the Sambadrome is simply amazing!

Carnaval Friday and Saturday

Friday is not even an official Carnaval day, yet unofficial is perfectly fine. There are more Carnaval activities than you can handle, and the party scene is fierce. Get rid of your jet lag, set your watch to our time zone, and enjoy!

Sambódromo is already on. There is Group-A Parade, featuring Access Group Samba Schools. They include many familiar names, and tickets are priced lower. You may even consider a spot at a catered box (camarote).

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

We have two personal favorites on Friday. Bloco das Carmelitas is a themed event in Santa Teresa, with a profusion of nuns and priests, angels and devils. Rola Preguiçosa, in Ipanema, starts later. The concentration at Lagoa is a find. The party circuit is on big time.

Friday - February 9, 2018

  • Bloco das Carmelitas in Santa Teresa passes by the hisotrical Carmelite Convent, which set the inspiration for costumes. Concentration at Ladeira de Santa Teresa. - 1 p.m.
  • Banda do Lido has been around since the 60's. We respect tradition. Concentration at Rua Ronald de Carvalho - 4 p.m.
  • Embaixadores da Folia in Centro are celebrating their 14th anniversary! Concentration at Buraco do Lume. - 5 p.m.
  • Rola Preguiçosa in Ipanema was founded in the 90's. The Concentration is on Rua Maria Quitéria, at the corner with Lagoa. - 6 p.m.
  • Carnaval Samba Parade - Group A: Featuring access group samba schools at the Sambadrome: Unidos do Bangú, Império da Tijuca, Acadêmicos do Sossego, Unidos do Porto da Pedra, Renascer de Jacarepaguá, Estácio de Sá - 10:30 p.m.
  • Camarote Candybox is all-inclusve, with special attractions including pocket shows and DJ's - 9 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.
Some characters you only find at Banda de Ipanema, since 1965.

Saturday - February 10, 2018

  • Cordão da Bola Preta is celebrating their 100th Anniversary! The mega-bloco was founded in 1919. The parade on Saturday morning has attracted as many as one million revelers. It's as big as it gets! Concentration on Rua Primeiro de Março - 7 a.m.
  • Bloco Céu na Terra takes over Santa Teresa this morning! The Concentration is at Largo dos Guimarães. - 7 a.m.
  • Bloco Dois pra Lá Dois pra Cá is a favorite with ballroom dance enthusiasts, headed by Carlinhos de Jesus. Concentration at Rua Álvaro Ramos in Botafogo. - 8 a.m.
  • Bloco da Favorita is huge, and the concentration at Posto 6 along Copacabana Beach starts early! - 8 a.m.
  • Multibloco concentrates at Rua Didimo, in Lapa! - 8 a.m.
  • Cordão da Bola Preta is celebrating their 100th Carnaval! Official parade with concentration at Rua da Relação, in Lapa - 9 a.m.
  • New Kids on the Bloco happens at Praia de São Conrado, and concentration starts at 9 a.m.
  • Bloco Empolga às 9 is on its second edition! Today they parade from Concentration at Posto 9, in Ipanema, towards Leblon. - 12 noon.
  • Bloco Carioca da Gema with Concentration at Av. Mem de Sá, Centro - 3 p.m.
  • Banda de Ipanema, since 1965! The concentration is at Praça General Osório. The parade does a loop passing by the beach, and the main street. - 4 p.m.
  • Carnaval Samba Parade - Group A: featuring access group samba schools this Saturday at the Sambadrome: Alegria da Zona Sul, Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz, Unidos do Viradouro, Acadêmicos da Rocinha, Acadêmicos de Cubango, Inocentes de Belford Roxo, Unidos de Padre Miguel - 10 p.m.
  • Baile do Copa - Gypsy Folie is a traditional event. Guests are required to wear black tie or luxury costumes. Patrons include TV personalities, socialites, and reporters. Dress up! - 10 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.
Sometimes less is more. Carnaval happens in the peak of summer.
Attitude counts a lot. People are in a friendly party mode. Feel the good vibes!

Carnaval Sunday and Monday

These are the days of the main parade, featuring Special Group Samba Schools at Sambódromo. Some tour operators offer benefits like round-trip transportation, or access to catered boxes. Mind the face value of tickets as published by Liesa. Do not support scalpers.

Streets are happening, with a fine selection of blocos all over town. These are not the best days to go on a city tour, many streets are taken over by pedestrians in a party mode. The Samba Parade is broadcast live on TV, and on the Internet. There are more off-Carnaval parties than anyone can handle! Enjoy without moderation.

Arquibancadas or bleacher seats are the least expensive tickets to the Samba Parade.
Sector 9 bleachers are numbered. At other sectors you have to find your own seat.

Sunday - February 11, 2018

  • Bangalafumenga is a large Bloco. The Concentration is at scenic Aterro do Flamengo, next to WWII Memorial Monumento dos Pracinhas. 8 a.m.
  • Corrdão do Boitatá presents a Multicultural Ball - Carnaval da Utopia. Concentration at Praça XV, Centro - 10 a.m.
  • Bloco Toco Xona moved. Carnaval da Toco-Xona 2018 happens at Aterro do Flamengo. The concentration is near Porcão - 10 a.m.
  • Bangalafumenga, the celebrated bloco, parades this Sunday morning. The Concentration is at Aterro do Flamengo by Monumento dos Pracinhas. - 10 a.m.
  • Que Merda é Essa? starts with Que Caquina é Essa?, an event for children. The parade happens along Rua Garcia Dávila towards the beach. Concentration at Bar Paz & Amor. - 1 p.m.
  • Bloco Exagerado in tribute to Cazuza happens at Praça Tiradentes. - 12 noon
  • Bloco March Nerd parades today in Tijuca! The Concentration is at Praça Xavier de Brito (Praça dos Cavalinhos) - 2 p.m.
  • Simpatia é Quase Amor is the big highlight in Ipanema this Sunday. Concentration is around Praça General Osório. - 4 p.m.
  • Special Group Samba School Carnaval Parade 2018 featuring Império Serrano, São Clemente, Vila Isabel, Paraíso do Tuiuti, Grande Rio, Mangueira, and Mocidade. - 9:15 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.
People wearing costumes do not mind posing for photos. Just ask!
Revelers wearing fun costumes do not mind posing for photos, just ask!

Carnaval Monday is your second chance to watch the Samba Parade. The champion of the previous year traditionally is the last school to parade on Monday, so you want to stay until the end.

Street festivities start early in Leme, Centro and Flamengo. Afroreggae is back after a quick recess in 2016, and there's Sargento Pimenta where songs by The Beatles are played with a Carnaval beat. Off-Carnaval parties featuring Brazilian and international DJ's complete the range of options.

The closest view you have to the Samba Parade is from street level frisas.

Monday - February 12, 2018

  • Desfile do Bloco Virtual 2018 happens in Leme. The events are always fun, with live music and attractions that include preformers in stilts. Children-friendly. - 8 a.m.
  • Bloco Afroreggae has a loyal following, and they are back to Centro with the bigger blocos! The Concentration is on Rua Rua Primeiro de Março. - 9 a.m.
  • Bloco do Sargento Pimenta is a theme event. This year they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles. Concentration at Aterro do Flamengo. - 10 a.m.
  • Bloco Me Gusta La Paz features a great line-up of DJ's playing in the open air at Rua do Rezende in Centro - 2 p.m.
  • Desfile Comuna QUE PARIU 2018 is dedicated to the LGBTQ community. The concentration is on Rua Alcindo Guanabara, in Centro. - 3 a.m.
  • Bloco da Eclética is on Rua do Ouvidor featuring the percussion band Meninas do Rio, and DJ's. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Special Group Samba School Carnaval Parade 2018 featuring Unidos da Tijuca, Portela, União da Ilha, Salgueiro, Imperatriz, and Beija-Flor. - 9:15 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.
Group of friends SAFADINHAS wearing a fairy costume
Blocos happen in the open air - make sure to wear sun protection and a smile.

Carnaval Tuesday - Mardi Gras

The last offical Carnaval day is Fat Tuesday, Mardi-Gras in French. If you stayed out until very late, we have good news. Fun starts very early. You also have great choices in the afternoon. In the evening Carnaval balls and off-Carnaval parties complete the package. Don't leave town, though. We have a whole lot more entertainment for you next weekend!

Age is not really a factor when it comes to enjoying Carnaval in the streets. The whole family can party together!
Different generations enjoying Carnaval together. It really is part of our culture.

Tuesday - February 13, 2018

  • Bloco Giro de Arar & Fervo da Lud with Nego do Borel, Jojo Todinho and other attractions. Mega-bloco with Concentration on Rua Primeiro de Março in Centro - 8 p.m.
  • Bloco A Rocha da Gávea 2018, celebrating their 16th Anniversary! The event happens at Praça Santos Dumont. - 8 a.m.
  • Rio Maracatu 2018 happens in Ipanema, along the beach. Concentration is at Posto 8. This is a choreographed parade, and always amazing! - 8 a.m.
  • Bloco das Carmelitas takes over Santa Teresa for the last time of the year! Concentration at Largo do Curvelo - 8 a.m.
  • Empurra que Pega is a tradition in Leblon since 1990. Concentration on Av. Ataúlfo de Paiva, corner of Rua João Lira. - 2 p.m.
  • Meu Bem Volto Já is a traditional bloco in Leme. Concentration is on Av. Princesa Isabel, corner of Rua Barata Ribeiro. - 3 p.m.
  • Desfile da Orquestra Voadora - Carnaval 2018 happens at Aterro do Flamengo this afternoon. Concentration at Av. Infante Dom Henrique - 3 p.m.
  • Banda de Ipanema 2018.3 happens on Carnaval Tuesday. Concentration at Praça General Osório - 4 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.
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

Post Carnaval Weekend

On Wednesday the result of the Samba Parade is announced, and you can start looking forward to the Champions' Parade on Saturday! On Sunday Monobloco is the big star, attracting hundreds of thousands of revelers. Some Cariocas say that the year only starts after Carnaval, and in many ways it is true. We hope to see you again next year!

Tickets to the Champions' Parade on Saturday are affordable!

Saturday - February 17, 2018

  • Bloco das Poderosas may attract as many as 200k revelers. The Concentration at Rua Primeiro de Março in Centro - 7 a.m.
  • Quizomba is stationed at Rua dos Arcos, right in front of Circo Voador. - 11 a.m.
  • Mulheres de Chico in tribute to Chico Buarque, features a girls band. They've been around since 2006. Concentration is at Praia do Leme. - 5 p.m.
  • Bloco Bafafá is stationed at Posto 9, along Ipanema Beach. It opens with a ball for children, Bafafinha. Since 2003. - 9 a.m.
  • Rio Carnaval 2018 Champions' Parade at the Sambadrome is tonight! The six Special Group Samba Schools which scored best take over the Samba Runway. They will follow the score, starting from the 6th best placed. Mocidade Independente, Mangueira, Portela, Salgueiro, Paraíso do Tuiutí and 2018 Champion Beija-Flor. - 9:15 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.
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Sunday is the last post-Carnaval day, and it ends on a happy note. Monobloco starts early in the morning, and this is one of our celebrated mega-blocos. Their parades in Centro have already attracted as many as 400k revelers, and now they are at scenic Aterro do Flamengo! We hope you enjoyed the season. There's always more next year...

All things come to and end, even Carnaval in Rio. Keep the good memories.

Sunday - February 18, 2018

  • Monobloco is a very popular mega-bloco. Concentration at Aterro do Flamengo. - 9 a.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.
Hope to see you again next year. We love to share is Carnaval in Rio!