Festivals

Whether you prefer the colorful pageantry of Semana Santa (Holy Week) or the unbridled revelry of Carnaval, Brazil has you covered. Here are a few events worth planning a trip around.

Carnaval Many cities throw a wild pre-Lenten bash, but Rio, Salvador, Olinda and Corumbá are among the most festive.

São Paulo Gay Pride Parade The world's biggest gay pride parade, with an estimate three to four million in attendance.

Oktoberfest Experience Brazil's European roots at this beer- and bratwurst-loving bash in Blumenau.

Bumba Meu Boi São Luís erupts with color, music and dance in this fascinating June festival.

Semana Santa Colorful designs carpet the streets of Ouro Preto during this elaborate four-day fest.

Festas Juninas Huge celebrations in Salvador and elsewhere in Bahia.