Carnival 2020

Feb 21st to 29th

The Rio Carnival Balls

The Balls are a tradition of the carioca Carnival, be a part of it.

The Rio Carnival 2020 is a six day long nonstop party with music, dancing, parades, floats, merry making, drinking and very little sleeping. One of the features that make it so enthralling is the Rio Carnival Balls.

Brief History

The first masked ball took place in 1849 and cost two thousand reis to enter. The next occurred in the 1870’s. Soon popularity of balls grew and it became only natural to conduct balls during the Rio Carnival, when merriment and the party atmosphere was the most. Major hotels and establishments began holding grand and ostentatious events like the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace or the Ball at the Theatre Palacio. Over time the Night Club culture took over and the Rio Carnival evolved. Today the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace is the only remaining luxury ball and the Scala Rio Nightclub has become hugely popular with its six thematic balls during the Carnival.

The Copacabana Magic Ball

The Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel is the most glamorous and prestigious Rio Carnival Ball. Ticket prices are the most expensive and elite event of the Carnival. The guest list comprises of well known international names like Brigitte Bardot and Vincent Cassel, and of course Brazilian film stars and socialists. It is a red carpeted and widely televised event, full of high fashion and five star service. If your budget permits, the Magic Ball is one event you don’t want to miss.

The Scala Rio Balls

The Scala Rio night club now located in downtown Rio was the venue for five exciting and memorable shing dings popularly known as the Scala Rio Balls. The Cordao do Bola Preta Ball, from a famous Bloco, The Mangueira Ball, the City Ball and the Ball of the ‘Beer’ used to take up the next three nights leading to the grand finale on Tuesday, the Gay Ball, only remaining ball at Scala. This celebration is a widely televised event which attracts gays, lesbians, cross dressers, transvestites and a whole bunch of straight people. The guests attending the ball come in their most ostentatious, flashy and flamboyant outfits. It is one big hugely popular fanatical bash to end all bashes at the Rio Carnival.

The Fabulous Street Parties

The Rio Carnival also has a number of free Carnival Balls also called Street Parties. Party goers, locals, musicians and dancers all gather at a public place and begin to parade down the streets, following a band playing the Carnival music. It is an ideal way to experience the sense of the city through the eyes of the locals. The best part of course is that it is absolutely free.

Speaking of Tickets

All the 2020 Rio Carnival Balls offer a few types of tickets. The Magic Ball’s tickets can be purchased with tables, or standing tickets that don't give you a seat in the tables but are the cheaper option. The Magic Ball is the most popular ball, so book your tickets well in advance.

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