Carnival 2025

Feb 28th - Mar 08th

All You Need to Know About Rio Carnival 2025

Rio Carnival

All You Need to Know About Rio Carnival 2025

When is Carnival in Rio?

The Rio Carnival 2025 will take place from February 28th to March 08th. We anticipate drawing in over 1 million visitors and locals.

Imagine a city transforming into a giant party. The vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro comes alive every year with its world-famous festival. This is the time when Rio turns into a grand stage filled with music, dance, and vibrant colors. Thousands of performers in dazzling costumes take to the Sambadrome, showcasing their passion and energy in a parade that captivates millions around the world. Moreover, with hundreds of street parties and balls, there is plenty to do for everyone.

Rio Carnival - End of Mangueira's Samba School Parade
Tata Barreto | Riotur

Experience the magic of Carnival in Rio. Discover the history, parades, and samba schools that make this Brazilian festivity a global phenomenon.

Is It the Same Time Every Year?

Not exactly. The lunar calendar ties the dates, causing them to shift a bit each year. Carnival sometimes falls in the month of March.

How many Days of Fun? You might wonder.

Guess what? If you start counting when the street bands play, it's almost a month of fun! That's a lot of time to dance, listen to music, and have an awesome time! See below the dates.

🎉 Rio Carnival 2025 Schedule 🎉

| Description                               |      Days       |             Dates 
| 🎵  Street Bands Start         |  Saturday   | January 27th   
| 🎭  Official Start                     |    Friday     |  February 28th   |  Acess Group Parade - 1st day
| 🕺  Samba Parades               |  Saturday   | March 01st |  Acess Group Parade - 2nd day
| 🕺  Samba Parades                |   Sunday    | March 2nd |  Special Group Parade - 1st day
| 🕺  Samba Parades              |  Monday    | March 3rd |  Special Group Parade - 2nd day
| 🕺  Samba Parades             |   Tuesday   | March 4th |  Special Group Parade - 3rd day 
|🎭  Official End                             |  Wed (Ash)  | March 05th
|🏆 Samba Parades                  |   Saturday    | March 08th |  Champion's Parade 

The History and Evolution of Carnival

Carnival is not just a modern-day festivity; its roots go back to 1641. Initially, the celebrations were modest, mirroring the elegant balls and masquerades of Paris.
Portuguese immigrants who came to Rio brought their love of playful pranks to Carnival. They would throw food, water, and mud at friends and family during the celebrations.

Mangueira's samba school parade captivating the Sambadrome crowd at Rio Carnival
Marco Antonio Teixeira | Riotur

With the rise in popularity of the polka and waltz, balls and dances returned to the Carnival in Rio. The late 19th century saw a transformation with organized parades, military bands, and grand floats. Over time, the event has evolved into a jaw-dropping spectacle, featuring glamorous parades and splendid costumes. 

The Essence of Samba

Samba is the soul of Carnival in Rio. This dance comes from African slaves and has mixed with local influences to become a passionate part of Brazilian culture. The intricate beats, combined with Portuguese-language lyrics, tell tales of life, love, and the vibrant spirit of the Brazilian people. Whether it's the backdrop to the lively street parades during Carnival or the soulful tunes played in local bars, Samba is more than just music; it's an expression of Brazil's rich history and diverse heritage.

Bahian wing of the Portela samba school partying on the avenue during Rio Carnival
Gabriel Monteiro | Riotur

The Main Event: Samba Parades

The highlight of Carnival celebrations is undoubtedly the Samba Parades. Organized by various Samba Schools, these parades truly embody the essence of community and enjoyment.
The most famous schools, known as the Special Group, compete on the main days, promising an extravaganza of non-stop revelry.

2025 Samba Parade Dates in Rio

The Access Group has scheduled the parades for February 28th and March 1st. After this, the Special Group will parade on March 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

The festivities end with the Champions' parade on Saturday, March 8th. The 6 winners from the Special Group return to the Sambadrome. They put on another great show at the Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

Ready to be part of this vibrant spectacle? Secure your spot in the heart of the action with Rio Carnival 2025 tickets. Don't miss out on the rhythm, colors, and magic of the world's most iconic carnival!

Vila Isabel's samba school floating car parading at the Sambadrome during Rio Carnival
Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

The Children's Parade takes place at Sambadrome on Tuesday, March 4th. Just like their parents, these youngsters develop a theme, write a song, and choreograph their own dances.

Curious about the differences in Carnival Parade days? Watch the video below.

Street Parties and Blocos

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro has more than just Samba schools and parades; it also has many street parties called "Blocos". 

The city's streets are filled with the rhythm of samba as numerous street parades take place. Locals and tourists alike join in the festivities, dancing and singing along to the infectious beats.

These gatherings attract up to a million excited partygoers and are a crucial part of the celebrations. 

Street party during Rio Carnival

The Carnival atmosphere starts heating in January with smaller "blocos" on weekends. The major "blocos" typically make their appearance two Saturdays before the main event.

From the pre-Carnival Saturday onwards, you can expect daily "blocos" throughout the Carnival period.

Secure Your Place at Rio Carnival 2025

Planning is key to enjoying the Carnival in Rio to the fullest.

Act quickly to secure your hotel rooms and Sambadrome tickets, as availability vanishes in the blink of an eye. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable adventure as we unveil the spectacular Rio Carnival 2025 – a celebration revered worldwide.

Master of ceremonies alongside his flag bearer during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Marco Antonio Teixeira | Riotur

Fast Facts and Quick Tips 

  • What date is Carnival in Rio 2025?
    • February 28th to March 08th
  • How long does the Rio Carnival last?
    • Officially, Carnival Day is only on Tuesday, but the parades span over 4 days. Nonetheless, you can anticipate a full month of festivities.
  • What is Carnival all about?
    • It is Brazil's vibrant celebration of music, dance, and colorful parades.
  • How expensive is Carnival in Rio?
    • Costs can vary, but early planning can save you money.
  • Is the Brazil Carnival worth attending?
    • Absolutely, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience! You'll feel the magic of the celebrations and the dignity of the Brazilian culture.

Closing Remarks: Your Rio Carnival 2025 Journey

Embrace the joyful chaos of Rio Carnival 2025 and be part of an experience you'll cherish forever. Create memories and make your dreams come true at this extraordinary extravaganza.



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