New Year’s Eve (Reveillon) in Rio is celebrated by millions of people. Tons of fireworks explode in the sky over Copacabana. New Year’s Day coincides with the festival of Iemanjá, the sea goddess. Wearing white, the…
The June Festival is one of the most important folkloric festivals in Brazil. In Rio it’s celebrated in various public plazas throughout the month, primarily on June 13 (Dia de Santo Antônio), June 24 (Dia de São Jo…
The oldest and biggest banda still in action. Costumes are always welcome, especially those with black-and-white spots. Held near Rua Rosário.
The festival is one of the biggest in Latin America. Some 250 films from more than 60 countries are shown at 20-odd theaters. Runs over two weeks.
This long-standing banda (procession) attracts a wild crowd, complete with drag queens and others in costume. Don’t miss it.
A crazy mixed crowd (some dressed as Carmelite nuns) parades through Santa Teresa’s streets.
A favorite Ipanema banda, with a 50-piece percussion band.
Very popular bloco (whose name means ‘Christ’s armpit,’ in reference to the open-armed Redeemer looming overhead). It also meets on Carnaval Saturday but doesn’t announce the time (to avoid overcrowding), so ask aro…
Santa Teresa’s artists open their studios and the neighborhood becomes a living installation for a weekend each year in winter. Dates have varied between June and September, making it rather difficult to plan for.
Rise and shine! This huge bloco attracts upwards of 500,000 revelers who, nursing hangovers (or perhaps still inebriated), gather near Av Vargas in Centro for a final farewell to Carnaval.