Sunday. Today offers free time for you to further explore the city before tonight attending the Samba Parade at the Sambadrome. A ticket to the Sambadrome sector 11 (or equivalent) in included.
Samba Parade & Samba SchoolsThere are dozens samba schools in Rio which are divided into two leagues. Each school's position in the league determines whether they parade in the famous 'Sambadrome' (the top schools) or in Avenida Rio Branco (not so spectacular but free!). Some schools enter the parade with as many as 5,000 dancers and 30 floats. Each school chooses a theme, composes a samba song and designs the floats and costumes to fit the theme. Then there is a competition to choose the best schools in each league. They have up to 90 minutes to reach the other end of the Sambadrome (which is 600 metres long and holds up to 60,000 spectators) and they are judged for their costumes, designs, music, energy and dancing. The winning schools get a monetary prize which comes from the entrance fees and the lower schools are relegated to the lower league. Parades in the Sambadrome run from Thursday to Tuesday night, but the 2 most spectacular are on the Sunday and Monday evenings. A ticket to the famous Sambadrome parade is included for Sunday night.
Overnight: Rio de Janerio | Breakfast