Carnival is an exuberant celebration of the carnal sins, as its Latin name suggests (carni=meat, val=galore). This developed due to the Italian church's rule of demanding celibacy for 40 days before lent. What's the natural thing to do when you know you are going to starve?
This is a great opportunity to really be part of the joy and explosion of energy that is carnival in Rio.
This is not a group event that can be scheduled, rather a chance for individuals to join in with local street bands that parade through the different areas of the city. All you need take is yourself, party mood and a lot of energy!
The Samba City is a place that will concentrate the 14 samba schools of the Special Group. Each one will have its own space for fantasies ateliers and allegoric cars but the other areas will be of common use. They are for shows and expositions, four snack bars, souvenirs shop, technical rehearsal area, theme gardens and parking lot (for 226 cars). All open to visitation. This Samba City is already been built near to the Pier area and the intention to make it a new touristy area. The total area is approximately 72,000 square meters.