Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a huge celebration that can be lived and enjoyed in various ways, and many places. Not just at the Escola de Samba Parade at the Sambadrome but also out in the streets with the people and the music.
In whichever neighborhood you are, there will be a bloco or a banda to engage and have fun.
By far the oldest, most widely enjoyed and of course- cheapest form of Carnival. The coming together of people, coming from
the fun, loving carioca soul – some in elaborate costumes, some not – to dance, parade and party through the streets.
Every neighborhood in Rio has its own form of Carnival in the street. This is how it works: participants gather at a popular spot (such as a square or a bar). After a certain time of concentration, the band starts marching down the streets. The show performed by drag queens is a “must see”