Everyone knows that the biggest carnival party in the world happens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! Rio de Janeiro is a city that never sleeps as is but that just gets taken to a whole other level during carnival season. From the day block parties called “blocos” to the extravagant carnival parade, you will find yourself dancing nonstop. If you are lucky enough to find yourself there this year, here are a few tips on how to make the most out of carnival. If you are not there this year I hope the following serves as motivation to start planning for next year!
Blocos are really big block parties that happen throughout the entire city. Smaller blocos begin before actual carnival week starts and can carry out until the end of the month of February. The bigger block parties though take place during the main carnival week, this year happening from February 9th to February 14th. Some blocos have themes which people dress up for and others have huge Brazilian music headliners in which artists sing from the top of a trio electrico, a moving bus stage. Visit Diario do Rio to see a complete list of 2018 blocos. Recommended: Banda de Ipanema, Cordão do Bola Preta, and Monobloco o Bip-Bip.