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 VisitFee: 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
|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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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 - 1 month ago
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 - 4 months ago
Quite an experience, a huge amount of effort goes into the floats and parades of the carnival - definitely one to put on your bucket list
Sunil Gula - 4 months ago
Must see before you die,Rio de Janeiro carnival world famous.Never miss in your life.people from all over the world will come.make booking and other arrangements much before.
T N Suresh Kumar - 7 months ago
Speechless... probably it's because I've been there with 0 expectations but it was one of my best moment in my life. Music, dancing, colors, lights, people, everything perfect. It was one of my 100 to do list and I guess it should be part of any list of anyone. One per life... guys... do not miss it...
Marco Passalacqua - 9 months ago