What is the date for the upcoming Carnival in Rio?
Rio carnival 2010 officially starts at midnight on Friday 13th February and finishes at midnight on Tuesday 17th Feb. The parades of the biggest samba schools are on the Sunday and Monday nights. There is also a huge street carnival going on all over Rio at the same time.
You can find out more about the schedules of the samba school parades and the street carnival if you follow the related links below.
The roots of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival date back over 200 years. During the four days leading up to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, revelers let loose to prepare for the 40 days of abstinence ahead. Carnival was introduced in Rio de Janeiro by the Portuguese around 1850. Original carnival events were uncivilized and not sanctioned by the Brazilian government. Participants played in the streets, throwing water, mud and food at each other…
The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba school which are located in Rio. One of the main purposes of the Rio carnival parade is for samba schools to compete with fellow rival (they are called co-sisters) samba-schools; this competition is the climax of the whole carnival festival in this city, related to the samba-schools environment.