Enjoy the grand celebration of Rio carnival 2014 from 2nd to 9th march in RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil with Spiritual & Cultural entertaining programs and activities.
Know as Carnaval in Portuguese, Rio carnivals is one of the most celebrated holidays with close to 1 million people in the festivities. The Rio Carnival is the most celebrated event that has made it the world’s biggest party. Beginning a week before Lent, a period of fasting, repentance, and abstinence from worldly pleasures, the Carnival attracts over a million visitors to Rio every year. Carnivals is a very old tradition. At the first signs of spring, the old European culture a party inspired by pagan, designed to remove remnants of winter death associated with nature. Regarding the religious, the term carnival comes from the phrase “meat Levar” – giving up meat, being organized before entering Lent. Although Carnival – Carnaval in Portuguese – is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the Carnival Capital of the World. The Rio Carnaval is not only the biggest Carnival, it has also a benchmark against which every other carnival is compared and one of the most interesting artistic events on the Globe. Almost everyone has heard of the Rio Carnaval. Foreign visitors to it alone number around 500,000 every year.
Past Celebration history of Rio Carnival
The roots of Carnival or Rio Carnaval trace back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who celebrated the rites of spring. Across Europe, including France, Spain and Portugal, people annually gave thanks by throwing parties, wearing masks and dancing in the streets. While Rio Carnival 2014 promises to be a technological spectacle this was not always the case. When the Carnival was first celebrated in 1641 only a few masquerade balls were held. The Portuguese kicked it up a notch when they arrived in the early 1700s. Their Rio Carnival celebration consisted of throwing food, water, and mud at the crowds gathered in the streets. These street brawls progressed over the years to become formal and elaborate parades.By the 1800s even the elite were getting involved, dressing up in luxurious costumes and parading through the streets. The Cordoes were groups of people, usually from a specific neighborhood, that coordinated the floats, music and parade routes. The Cordoes still exist today but are now called Blocos. The Blocos will be hosting several neighborhood parades and parties for Rio Carnival 2014.
Rio Carnival Or Carnival Celebration Time Duration
There are carnival or Rio Carnaval celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the best-known ones taking place in Recife together with the neighboring Olinda (in the North of Brazil) and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Rio Carnival is a wild 5 days celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Friday and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses, celebrated as a profane event, can be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It usually happens in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere, when the Rio summer is at its peak.
Carnaval – Rio Carnival Programs of 2014 – 2nd, 3th and 4th March
From 9am: Disguised, violas and tambours entertain the city.
From 3pm : Eugène Derbaix Square – Carnival procession departure.
From 10am: Youths accompanied by viola.
From 4pm: Grand-Place – Friendship Rondeau.
From 7pm : Eugène Derbaix Square- Firework.
From the dawn : Gilles, Peasants, Pierrots and Arlequins entertain the city.
From 8.30am : Wearing the wax mask and reception at the City Hall.
From 3pm : Procession and rondeau on the Grand-Place.
From 8pm : Enlighted procession and rondeau.
From 9.30pm : Blaze of the Grand-Place.
Rio Carnival 2014 Events
Samba Parades in the Sambodromo
Carnaval – Rio Carnival has become world-famous through the Samba Parade, a show, a display and competition of the Rio samba schools. The two major days are CarnaCarnival Sunday and Monday, March 2nd and 3rd. The second best option is the Champions´ Parade on Saturday, March 8th, followed by the Access Group parading on Carnival Friday and Saturday (February 28th and March 1st).
Street Bands, Parties and Dancing
Each neighborhood in Rio has its favorite Carnival street band(s). There are more than 300 of them in Rio nowadays and each year this number increases. Each band has its place or street to parade and the big ones usually close the streets to the traffic. They usually start in January and last till the end of Carnival – Rio Carnaval. Since the beginning of the year, you can often see groups of people dancing samba in the streets of Rio at the weekends and during Carnival.
2014 Rio Carnival Balls
Expect hundreds of balls to be held during Carnaval – Rio Carnival 2014. Some of these balls are costume or masquerade balls. The most popular is the ball held at the Hotel Copacabana Palace. This is one of the most sought after tickets in town as attendees will rub shoulders with the wealthy and famous of the world. Another of the most popular balls in Rio is the Gay Ball held at the Rio Scala. Drag queens plan all year round and fashion elaborate and often outrageous costumes. Everybody is welcome and it is advisable to leave prudish feelings at the door, as you are sure to see some brow raising sights.
Planing Travel Trip for Rio Carnival 2014
As there will be so many events occurring during Carnaval – Rio Carnival 2014 it would be wise for the traveler to rely on an agency familiar with Carnival bookings to reserve their trip.Therefore, it pays to be an early bird and reserve your hotel room and tickets much before the New Year comes around. You aren’t spoiled for choice when it comes to partying at the biggest event on the planet. From the Sambadrome to Carnival balls, there are plenty of places to enjoy the Carnival spirit. All you need is a costume to get you in the mood.