SAMBODROMO RIO DE JANEIRO – CARNIVAL 2010 – PARADE STADIUM OF THE ESCOLAS DE SAMBA RIO DE JANEIRO – PHOTOS, INFORMATION, VIDEOS, MAP

SAMBODROMO RIO DE JANEIRO – PHOTOS – VIDEOS – INFORMATION – MAP – PARADE STADIUM SAMBA SHOOLS – CARNIVAL OF RIO DE JANEIRO 2010
SAMBODROMO RIO DE JANEIRO - SAMBODROME

SAMBODROMO RIO DE JANEIRO - SAMBODROME

Sambodromo is the Parade Stadium for Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival.

Sambódromo the world’s greatest parade stadium was built in 1984 and can hold nearly  100,000 people for its shows. 

The Sambodromo is located on Av. Marquês de Sapucaí, also called Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro, at a neighbourhood called Cidade Nova at the northern area of the city. Another reference of the area is well known Praça Onze which is located at the beginning of the Avenue.

SAMBODROMO AT CARNIVAL TIME RIO DE JANEIRO

SAMBODROMO AT CARNIVAL TIME RIO DE JANEIRO

You can go to the Sambodromo at different times:

During the day, just to see what it looks like. And you can check out the City of Samba, and Carnaval Museum that are right besides the Samba Avenue.

During the technical trainnings of the Escolas the Samba during december, january and february right up to Carnival time. The Samba Schools have a time table for their rehearsals at Sambodromo during the weekends prior to Carnival. The show is really amazing (it’s like carnival but without the costumes) because you can get pretty close to the action, and because it’s free.

At the four days of Carnival if you have purchased your tickets. If you haven’t purchased your tickets it’s very likely you can still get in due to the resellers frenetic activity. Just be carefull not to get hazzled!

 

CARNIVAL PARADE AT SAMBODROMO RIO DE JANEIRO

CARNIVAL PARADE AT SAMBODROMO RIO DE JANEIRO

You can go to Sambodromo in different ways:

Taxis will take you to right to the sector of the Sambodromo in which you have purchased your tickets.

You can also go by metro. The metro station you should get off if you are going to the even sections (sectors 2, 4, 6) of the Sambodromo is Praça Onze. From that station the Sambodromo is only 3 blocks away.

The metro station you should get off if you are going to the odds sections of the Sambodromo (sectors 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13) is Central. From that station the Sambodromo is only 700 meters away.

These neigbhourhoods of the southern part of Rio have their own metro station in which you can catch the metro: Copacabana, Botafogo and Flamengo. From Ipanema, Leblon you have to first catch the metro bus that takes you to the Copacabana metro station.

Buses will also leave you right at the Sambodromo. From the Southern neighbourhoods of Rio: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botafogo and Flamengo you have to get on buses number: 121, 126, 127. Be aware that at Carnival time buses might change their routes.

SAMBODROME CARNIVAL 2009 RIO DE JANEIRO

SAMBODROME CARNIVAL 2009 RIO DE JANEIRO

So what really goes on at Sambodromo during the four days of Carnival?

It’s a competition between the “Escolas de Samba” of Rio de Janeiro to see who is the champion of the year.

The Escolas are divided into 6 categories. In each category you will find 12 Escolas (Samba Schools). The Escolas of the “Grupo Especial” and the “Grupo A” are the ones that actually parade in the 4 days of Carnival at Sambodromo (Group A, the first two days, and the Special Gruop in the last two days), because they are considered to be the finest.

There are a group of judges that analize the Escolas in more than 40 aspects to decide who gets the glory and who gets thrown out of the Special Group, so the competition is intense.

You can actually parade at the 4 days of Carnival with a costume. There are a number of companies that will arrange that for you. You can also contact the Escolas the Samba yourself.

Map of the Sambodromo

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