The Rio Carnival transforms the city into location of thrilling entertainment, exciting Carnival balls and promotes vibrant street parties that take place in various Rio neighborhoods. The many dynamic and enjoyable events range from the Gay Costume Ball at the Scala Rio nightclub downtown to the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
These are paid venues and attract crowds of celebrities from all over the world. If you want to party in a more casual manner, you can celebrate in a carioca style, and join one of the many blocos, or the street festivities.
The well-known Banda de Ipanema is a memorable street procession and is an integral and unforgettable part of the Rio Carnival.
A trip to these areas during Carnival time will give you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself into its Afro-Brazilian atmosphere. Members of San Paolo’s best samba schools such as Unidos de Peruche and Vai-Vai I perform at the Anhembi Sambadrome to a 30,000-member audience.
If you’re interested in gay-friendly Carnival festivities visit the tropical location of Florianopolis for the opportunity to participate and party! During the festival, Rio hosts spectacular gay events. No matter where you go and what you decide to do, you’ll easily become part of Rio Carnival’s festive spirit.