Take part and parade yourself in a Samba Parade costume with a samba school in the Sambodromo.
Just choose one of the 2018 Rio Carnival costumes and we will do the rest to organize it all for you.
This is the real thrill, an unparalleled experience - parading in a beautiful costume, to the heartbreaking beats of the drums and samba, on the biggest "stage" on Earth. People who "just" watch the Rio Carnival Parade find it a definite once-in-a-life-time experience. People who also take part and parade, want to do it every year.
|You will be able to select and order your 2018 Rio Samba Parade costume in October 2016.|
You will only have to choose your 2018 Samba Parade costume and provide us your measurements at the time of purchase before your arrival in Rio to be able to participate.
Then you will only have to pick them up in our Visitors' Reception Center before your parading.
You do not have to do anything else - no need to attend any rehearsals, no need to know how to samba, no need to arrive early in Rio. We will organize it all for you in advance.
You will only have to go to your meeting point outside the Sambodromo 1.5 hours before the starting time of your school, in your fitting costume.
If you like and choose to, we can also take you there in one of our vehicles. In this case, we will keep your costume(s) for you at our Visitors' Reception Center and you'll pick them up only 3-4 hours before your parading time to change into it. And off you go - all smoothly organized and easy! Straight and right to your meeting point in the company of our Carnival Expert Guide.
We are conveniently located, being very close to the Sambodromo!
We will help you understand how it all works and prepare you well for the event of a life-time through our information materials sent to our clients in advance, in January.
Each school has about 80 minutes to move all the way down the samba runway. Your own parading will take approximately 45 mins.
It is nice just to hang around afterwards outside the Sambodromo.
You'll keep the costumes after the parade and have the right to parade in the same costume ones more in the same school wing, on Saturday in the Champion's Parade if you purchased costumes for the Main Parade and your school becomes one of the top 6 schools of the year.
Watch out for the results! The scores will be given by the judges on Ash Wednesday, the first day after Carnival.
We offer costumes for the Main Parades of samba schools in the First League (the Special Group) on Sunday and Monday. You will also find significantly cheaper costumes for the Preliminary Parades of the Second League schools.
After having ordered and picked up your costume you only have to arrive in time wearing all parts of your costume in good condition.
Try to arrive already. No worries, everyone will wear them on the streets, in the subway and the taxis. There are no changing rooms or any lockers there.
You have to arrive about 1.5 hours before your school's parading time to prepare for the big show. You'll meet your wing's president and see where the wing will be within the school.
If you wish, you can arrive much earlier. It is possible and also great fun to wonder, look and marvel around there.
It is really interesting and worthwhile to move around and see the huge, richly decorated floats from so close, mingle with the celebrities, artists and models who will be on the floats, meet older people from your school or the drummers who will be getting ready for their turns.
All samba schools meet in Avenida Presidente Vargas, which is right next to the Sambodromo at the beginning of the samba runway, near sector 1-2. You shall know your school's side in time as it will be explained in your Guides.
You will only have to find your wing. It will be straightforward, around 100 other people wearing the same costume like you. Look out for and report to your wing's president (the name and photo will be provided in your Parading Manual).
You can take almost any place within the wing and you will soon form single lines which have to be kept during the parade. At this moment, you should try to stay next to your friends.
After the school's paraders come together, the school and the wings get prepared, undertake their finishing touches and soon the gates close behind: Ready for the big moment of entering the Avenue.
Your president will make sure that you wear your costume right and you will quickly learn the little steps and pace how the paraders march down the samba runway.
You can have your friends around for some of the preparation time. They can take pictures and have fun with you and could later take and keep all your unnecessary belongings. They will only have to leave at a later stage, when you pass through the gates, after which no more way in or out.
Just don’t be late - do not miss the closing of the gates behind your school.
How to get there
The best and easiest way is with us in the company of our Expert Carnival Guide in our special vehicle who will take you right to your own meeting point at the perfect time, already in your costume.
Other options are by taxi or subway. It is also fun to arrive by metro (although a bit of a hassle and you will have a considerable distance to walk).
You will see lots of fellow paraders in your "own" costume. Just follow the flow.
Avoid taking public buses that day! They would not arrive anywhere near.
All paraders meet in Avenida Presidente Vargas. You will find the exact location in the Parading Manual included in your package.
You will be able to order your 2018 Rio Carnival Samba Parade costumes soon, already in september.
To parade the whole length of the Sambodromo's samba runway demands stamina, drive and determination to win, yes: WIN!
Each of every school's four thousand paraders have one unique goal: their school must become this year's Champion - so bring your best to the Sambodromo and make your school look good! Your performance will also be essential for your school’s final scores and they will count on you.
Sing the words of your samba song. The chorus of all parading members, together with a great samba song and some powerful drums are what make the crowd in the stands cheer, make it go "wild", and what wins points for the School. The judges will also look out for how well the school’s members know the samba song and how well they sing it.
By then, all Cariocas (Rio's enchanting citizens) will already know all the 2018 samba songs, as no-one can escape them being played over and over again at all possible place, for the last 3 months before Carnival. You should be (almost) as good as they are!
Well, and do I need to know how to samba?
Samba is great but not everybody can do it and it is neither necessary nor expected.
Some even go as far as saying, better not to, since it only interrupts and holds up the school's march.
Apart from singing and the costumes, another aspect by which a school is judged is the harmony of the parading members, i.e. the flow of the school's parade. It is important that you make your way along the Avenue with your wing together, staying in your place and keeping lines, while flaunting strength, joy and vitality. You will quickly discover the special way people “jump along” the samba runway. Just try to imitate all others, look jolly and animated.
Each school has about 30 wings and each wing contains about 100 people. Every wing has its own costume which tells a part of the school's chosen theme of the year - like one individual cell in a large organism.
Each wing has a president or coordinator. He/she and his/her team will make sure that everything is in good order with your costume, checking that everybody has all the items of the costume and will most importantly motivate and animate the group. Don`t loose any part of your costume! If you do, you won`t be able to participate.
During the parade, just celebrate the glory of life. Use your imagination - parading is as good as dreaming. Go for it in full - sing, dance, shake and twitch your body with all excitement and enthusiasm!
The Sambodromo's stands will be crammed with people from all over the world, just to watch you move by. You will be right there - on the biggest stage on Earth!
When you come to the end of the Avenue, the floats go to the right side of Apotheoses Arch (behind sector 12) and the paraders to the other (turning behind sector 13). Just follow the flow of people.
If your school scores among the top six, you will be able to parade once again in the Champions' Parade on Saturday, February 25th. In this case, we will contact you with the new meeting details.