Sambadrome and the Rio Carnival Parades

The famous Sambadrone in Rio comes to life every year during Carnival Days

Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro cc licensed photo by Ben Tavener

The Sambadrome is a special parade route constructed along both sides of Marquês de Sapucaí street in Rio de Janeiro's old city centre. It consists of permanent spectator stands, viewing boxes, and event lights running for 700 metres along both sides of the street.

The unique design of the Sambadrome allows up to 90,000 spectators to view the parade within along a much shorter route that would normally be required. Built in 1984 the Sambadrome was designed by the well known Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

The Sambadrome is primarily used for the official Rio Carnival Parade events in which samba schools compete with one another, each getting exactly 90 minutes to complete their vivacious routines which consist of thousands of dancers in vibrant colorful costumes along with a section of drums and several lavish floats. They take this competition very seriously and are judged on a wide range of aspects.

At the end of the parade the parade participants gather together in Apotheosis Square. This square has spectator stands that are set farther back. This space has been used for many big name concerts over the years.

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio the Sambadrome served as a venue for the archery and athletic marathon events.

Even if you aren't attending an event at the Sambadrome you may want to swing by and take a look at it, to give you a better idea of the atmosphere when you watch one of the famous carnival parades on TV.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - for events and parades

Address: R. Marquês de Sapucaí - Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20220-007, Brazil

Phone: (21) 2976-7310

Official Website: Sambadrome and the Rio Carnival Parades

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - OrangePraça Onze4 Minutes

How to get to Sambadrome and the Rio Carnival Parades by Metro

Exit the metro at Praça Onze and walk north to Rua Bendito Hipolito and go right (east). The Sambadrome is just one block east of the station.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí Star Rating

5 Star Rating If you like samba, it's the perfect place to go

Giovani Santos - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Great place...people in Brazil know how to party!! Awesome

Roy Koshy - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating A must see attraction in Rio however in a non-carnival times nothing special.

Maciej Czyż - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Nice place! Not much to see when the carnival is not on but you can have a small taste of it with the souvenir shop there...toilet need a clean

Kessie Emmanuella - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Pretty cool to see it when it’s empty (it actually looks smaller than I though). But it must be better when it’s full. I’ll be back during their fiestas!! You can try their costumes for R$10 if you want.

Matyáš Vavřín - 6 months ago


Rio Carnival dancers show off their steps and more in front of more than 80,000 spectators at the Sambadrome during Carnival Days

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