THE GREATEST AND MOST FABULOUS PARTY IN THE WORLD!
It definitely is!!!
And that is my testament, as someone who came from a country of colorful and vibrant festivals--all year long.
As Brazil being my new home address, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to experience this grandest festival!
The best part of celebrating the carnaval while living in Brazil is that, it's a week-long NATIONAL HOLIDAY!!!
How awesome is that?!? The country is technically giving you no excuse not to go and party!!!
WHAT IS CARNAVAL? (From wikipedia.org)
The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats, and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio (more than 200 approximately, divided into 5 leagues/ divisions). A samba school is composed of a collaboration of local neighbors that want to attend carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical common background.
WHEN IS CARNAVAL?
It is a week before the start of Lent and ends on Ash Wednesday. There is no religious connection with the celebration. It is actually believed to be the time to do whatever "crazy" things you wanted to do before Lent. Like you're given a pass to make sins during this week.
HOW CRAZY IS CARNAVAL?
There are street parties on every side and corner of the streets, called samba blocos. As party goers, you can dress up! Think of Halloween costume meets the beach weather. The skimpier, the better! Haha.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF RIO CARNAVAL?
The energy! The samba music! The street parties organized by the local Brazilians! It is literally the biggest party in the world. And most of all, the fabulous parade presentations of samba schools in Sambódromo!
If I have to compare it to a festival back in the Philippines, it's the combination of Dinagyang and Ati-Atihan Festivals--- but like, 10 times more with people and party energy!
If you're into parties, dressing up, and just enjoy life to the fullest--- come to Brazil during the carnaval. You'll be rejuvenated like no other.
For more things to see and do in Rio de Janeiro---check out our DIY Backpacking Guide!