“Too much Rio… too little time”

Carnival of Brazil is an annual Brazilian festival held between the Friday afternoon (51 days before Easter) and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term "carnival," from carnelevare, "to remove (literally, "raise") meat." Rhythm, participation, and costumes vary from one region of Brazil to another. In the southeastern cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Vitória, huge organized parades are led by samba schools. Those official parades are meant to be watched by the public, while minor parades ("blocos") allowing public participation can be found in other cities, like Belo Horizonte, also in the southeastern region. The northeastern cities of Recife, Olinda, Salvador, and Porto Seguro have organized groups parading through streets, and public interacts directly with them. This carnival is also influenced by African-Brazilian culture. It is a six-day party where crowds follow the trios elétricos through the city streets, dancing and singing. Also in northeast, Olinda carnival features unique characteristics, heavily influenced by local folklore and cultural manifestations, such as Frevo and Maracatu.

In Rio de Janeiro the carnival parade takes place in the Sambadrome. There are two groups of Samba schools: the access group (second and third division) and the special group (top-tier schools). In the Saturday right after carnival competition results are released, Champions from the two groups go on parade again to celebrate.


Since the MSB 2018 date was set in the week after Carnival in Rio, we invite you to come a day earlier to join us for a pre-symposium activity: to watch the Champion’s Parade of Rio Samba Schools on Feb. 17, 2018 (approx. 6h event; six samba schools will parade in sequence: the sixth place winner will parade at 10:00 p.m. on Feb 17 and the first place winner parades at 3:25 a.m. on Feb 18; the event ends at app. 4:30 a.m. on Feb 18).

Description of the Carnival Champion’s Parade ticket: US$ 550 per person

It includes:

  • transportation from the symposium venue to the carnival suite located at the heart of the Sambodrome (Avenue Sapucaí - Sector 6)
  • the carnival suite is a shared cabin, it accommodates up to 1000 people in a very spacious area (1500 m2) with a privileged view of the avenue.

At the carnival suite:

  • free service from a 3-star Michelin restaurant (Laguiole)
  • open bar
  • tables and couches are available
  • small rooms for relaxing are available (espaço beleza & espaço Zen)
  • performance shows at the intervals of the Samba Schools Parade

A limited number of spots were reserved in the carnival suite. Register immediately to guarantee your spot. 


  • master of cerimonies (mestre de cerimônias)
  • flag bearer (porta-bandeira)
  • Baianas (as baianas)
  • drum section (ala da bateria)
  • drum section queen (rainha da bateria)
  • floats (carros alegóricos)
  • revelers or paraders (participantes)
  • audience or spectators (publico que assiste)
  • bleachers (arquibancadas)
  • suite/cabin (camarote)
  • hovels (barracão)
  • rehersals (ensaios)
  • costumes (fantasia)
  • carnival blocks (blocos de carnival)
  • street carnival (carnival de rua)
  • beer vendors (vendedor de cerveja)
  • T-shirt hawkers (vendedores de camisetas)
  • makeshift barbecue stands (barraca de churrasquinho)

 More details and illustrations about the Carnival can be found in a brochure on the download page here (in Portugese language)

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