Main Parades Preliminary Parades. There are more than of them in Rio today, and every year that number increases. Each street party, also called block, has its place or street for its parade and the larger ones usually close the streets for traffic. They begin their parades usually in January and these parades last until the end of the Carnival. Since the beginning of the year, it is a common sight groups of people dancing samba in the streets of Rio at weekends and during carnival. Often, the people who organize the parade of the block, make up the music of the parade by themselves.
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Get set for the Rio Carnival , an event that transforms the city into one big party zone before the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar. The origins of the carnival date back to the early 15th century with many pagan festivals held in honor of various gods. The carnival attracts over a million visitors to Rio, who attend parties ranging from wild, raucous events to the more sophisticated balls. There is never a dull moment during Carnival week, with street parties and parades hosted at every corner of the city. The Rio Carnival is an event you never ought to miss if you have the privilege of heading for Rio. All eyes are on the biggest party on the planet, and experiencing it first hand is a great way to get a taste of true carioca entertainment.
In Rio de Janeiro, tens of thousands of spectators jammed into the Sambadrome to watch the spectacle of samba-school floats, dancers, and extravagant costumes during Carnival. Even more people took part in the many blocos , or street parties, dancing and drinking into the wee hours of the night. Members of the Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of Rio's Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio, early on March 4, Performers from the Salgueiro samba-school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio on March 4, A reveler from the Salgueiro samba school performs during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio.
Image: Reuters. Image: AP. Performers from the Salgueiro samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.