Why Carnival Street Parties of Rio?



 

If you think Rio de Janeiro is all about parades during carnival, you were wrong. That's ok though. That is why I am here, right? The carnival street parties are phenomenal. The question is who is part of it? Everybody can be. This is what happens. During the carnival period the city is really packed. A lot of people try to go to the parades, but the sambadrome is limited to so many spots. This limitation does not stop the party for anyone. In fact it starts a new one right outside the sambadrome and in many other places through the city.


Carnival Street Parties
Carnival Street Parties. Courtesy by HelenaN

What are the best spots for the carnival street parties? The answer for this question is simple. It depends on what you like. If you like places with a lot o people than you should go to the sambadrome and be outside. You will see party there before, during and after the parade is over. Not very far from there, you will find a square called Floriano. It is a downtown area. A lot of people will be there as well. If you are planning to sleep during carnival, you should avoid hotels in those areas because there are a lot of noises.


If you are looking to have fun with less people around, you can still found in many places. However, you will have ask other people as you are there. Why? well think this way. Rio will have people from all over the world. The brazilian culture dictates that brazil carnival is anywhere. This means that any bar in any place will have shows with music, people and everything. You will have to see where you would fit better.


Carnival Street Parties
Carnival Street Parties. Courtesy by HelenaN

Word of advice. Be ready to shake your butt a lot. If you do not know how to dance samba that's ok. Most of the people are gringos anyway and do not know how to dance. Jut have fun. Another thing is to always stay away from fights. They are just not worth it. Especially because we do not know who is on the other side. One more word for you is, try not to drive to any of these parties because besides of you being a easy target for robbery, a lot of people get really drunk. Car accidents are extremely normal during these parties. So if you can walk just do it.




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