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
Official Website: Sambadrome and the Rio Carnival ParadesFee: Yes - for events and parades
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Marqus R. Mar-26-2020
There is nothing in the world like the Rio Carnival. Madre Gras of New Orleans is fun but not even a "carnival," more like drunken brawl. Beware of their... Read More
Karen B. Mar-08-2020
The Rio Carnival is very very intense but worth the effort. My review below is based on my trip to Carnival 2020 and recommends how I traveled and changes I... Read More
Dwain C. Mar-02-2014
I went to the Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 3/1/2014. It was my first time there. I had a great time and watched the parade from 9:00 p.m. to... Read More
Accommodations near Sambadrome and the Rio Carnival Parades:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 - Orange||Praça Onze||4 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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