Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro last for 2 weeks and it is the most awaited and highly advertised event. It is popular for the escolas de samba (samba schools) that parade in Centro, on a gigantic structure called Sambódromo (Sambadrome).
There are many streets known as "samba blocks" that parade almost in every neighborhood, especially in Centro and the South Zone. Few popular parades are Carmelitas, Suvaco de Cristo, Escravos da Maua or Simpatia E Quase Amor. Filled with revelers, floats and adornments, streets witness thousands of spectators to the grandeur.
The Carnival began on Friday and ends on Ash Wednesday, but the Winners' Parade happens on the Saturday after the carnival ends. The winning school and runners' up of the Special Group, as well as the A Series champion, all march past one final time on this night.
Future Carnaval Dates:
February 21 to 26, 2020
February 12 to 17, 2021
February 15 to 20, 2022
Street festivals are very common during carnival and are highly populated by the locals. These are free entry events filled with dance and music. Banda Music is very popular with the street carnival. Popular dance form is carnival samba, a Brazilian dance with African influences