The best of Rio’s Carnival are the parades!
Being part of the biggest popular party of Rio is the greatest dream of tourists from different parts of the world, because of that, every year the number of people partying in the Carnival grows.
According to the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, in 2016, about one million people visited the city during this period. And in the midst of so many visitors, “blocos de carnaval” – the famous parties on the streets, and so many different and beautiful places to see, the question remains: after all, what makes the Carnival in Sapucaí so special?
Four nights of samba and glamorous parades through the famous avenue Marques de Sapucai happen during the Carnival in Rio. Annually, each School of Samba chooses a theme, rehearses choreographies, makes a samba-plot, and produces floats and splendid costumes to parade for 82 minutes and maybe be elected the Champion of Carnival.
There are two groups of Schools of Samba: the Special Group, which brings together the top 12 samba schools, and the Access Group, which are schools with a more modest budget than the Special Group, but who present with such mastery and elegance as the others.
To give the magical touch in the parade, the Schools have a commission front of 10 to 15 apparent components used to introduce the School to the public. Furthermore, they can lead to the event between 5 and 8 floats up to 13m in height and 8.5m wide. The larger cars have up to 60m long! They also have the figures of the Mestre-Sala and Porta-Bandeira, a couple responsible for loading the banner of the School while showing all his waddle with smooth movements, and the battery group composed of 200 to 320 drummers.
Tradition since 1932, it is no wonder that the parade in Sapucaí is considered the apex of the Carnival in Rio! Only those who have been close to the Avenue know the beauty, fun and joy that is to be part of this party – as a spectator or someone parading.