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Wednesday March 2, 2011

5 Day Guide to Carnival in Rio de Janiero

This Friday, March 4th thousands will converge onto Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to kick off Carnival.  If you don’t know where to go and where to start, we have a five day itinerary for you.

March 4
Start off in Santa Teresa at bloco (block) Carmelitas, where the old colonial buildings will entice you as will the famous barefoot nuns of the Carmelitas Convent.  Festivities at this bloco kick off at 2:00 p.m. and go all day long.  If you get over heated pay a visit to the nearby national park Flresta da Tijaca and get refreshed under the natural waterfalls.

March 5
Join the biggest, oldest and most traditional Carnival parade with the Cordáo de Bola Preta.  Be ready for surprises from musical guests and all types of people from all over the world.  Over 100,000 people are expected.  This Carnival parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Municipal Theater.

March 6
This the first day of the world-famous Samba parade at the Sambodromo stadium.  You will see the best that Rio’s Samba schools have to offer as they compete for top prizes.  It’s recommended you buy tickets in advance.  The dancing starts at 8:00 p.m.  with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. but pace yourself, since these festivities go on for over 12 hours. 

March 7
Join Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho who has his own bloco parade Samba, Amore e Paixáo (Samba, Love and Passion).  The event is held in the Barra da Tijuca. 

March 8
Finish the Carnival holiday by picking amongst 100 different blocos parade parties.  The gay-friendly Banda de Ipanema is very popular, here is a complete carnival in rio, blocos in carnival.

ENJOY and WEAR SENSIBLE SHOES. 
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