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2018 Rio Carnival Balls

Book here your 2018 Rio Carnival ball tickets. Read about the most important Rio Carnival balls, venues, dates & times, costumes and recommendations.

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Info and Tickets for the Rio Carnival Balls

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Rio de Janeiro, as the the world's Carnival capital, offers a selection of Carnival balls. You cannot miss them. You won't have to spend a fortune to have a great time.

For the Rio Carnival balls, wearing a costume is not mandatory and most people do not wear any at all. Put on one only if that is what you feel like considering that this might make the night even more special for you.

  The most famous carnival balls in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Scala Balls

In its 40-odd year, Scala nightclub (Address: Avenida Treze de Maio 23, Centro) offers thematic Rio Carnival balls most nights during Carnival, having the biggest indoor carnival parties of the city such as the Gay Gala, the Black Beads Party (Cordão do Bola Preta), the Mangueira and the Marvelous City Ball.

The Magic Ball
at the Copacabana Palace

The legendary Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace is not just the high point of the night but also the most famous Rio Carnival ball; the natural choice for glamour and sophistication! Luxury costume or black tie/evening dress is required, and a number of international and local VIPs are always among the guests.

Rio Carnival Ball

Brief History of the Rio Carnival Balls

The origins of the Rio Carnival balls can be traced back to the famous masked balls of the world's other Carnival capital: Venice, Italy. It was in 1840 when Clara Delmastro, the Italian ambassador's wife, decided to host her own carnival ball in pompous Venetian style, at Teatro Sao Januario. It was a big hit right away, with 1,000 attendees on that very night. Soon similar events followed suit and became custom also here in the new world, in Rio de Janeiro, to conduct balls during the Carnival season where major hotels and establishments organized grand and ostentatious events.

To crown the growing spectrum of Rio Carnival balls, it was the city's most prestigious venue, Copacabana Palace Hotel, which elevated the balls to their zenith, bringing international attention to the Rio Carnival balls. In 1993, after Copacabana Palace was acquired by the Orient-Express Group, the luxury costume balls were reinvented. It once again became and has remained the epicenter of the Rio Carnival world with its Magic Ball, Rio's only continuing luxury ball, reminiscent of the glamur of a golden age.

The Official City Gala Ball at the Municipal Theater was another ball which became an institution on the Rio Carnival scene. The first edition in 1932 received already 4,000 guests, including Brazil's then president Vargas. The ball went on at the famous theater until 1975 when experts concluded that all the thumping sound was damaging the very structures of the historical building. It had to change venues and finally closed down in 1991.

Over time, the night club culture spread to Brazil and took roots in the world of Rio Carnival, which had already greatly evolved and significantly grown in size becoming the biggest Carnival in the world. In the 70's and 80's, balls popped up at popular venues city-wide, some taking idiosyncratic Brazilian turns offering specialties like feijoada dinners. Today, Rio Scala nightclub is the main organizer with its thematic Rio Carnival balls during the season.

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