The Rio De Janeiro Carnival Proves That Brazil Knows How To Party

Published February 20, 2015
Updated July 14, 2015
Beautiful Images of Rio Carnival

Source: Daily Mail

A single glance at the brilliantly detailed costumes, gargantuan crowds and extravagant floats, and it’s easy to see why the Rio de Janeiro Carnival is one of the world’s most incredible festivals. Each year, millions of people gather at the Sambadrome and in the streets to take part in the colorful celebration.

Although Carnival traces back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who celebrated the rites of spring, the modern festival began in Brazil in the 1800s. Back then, residents would don costumes and dance throughout the streets in celebration. Now the Rio de Janeiro Carnival puts on some of the world’s most dazzling parades and events, including the Carnival Samba Parade.

Incredible Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Source: IB Times

Revelers and performers from over 200 samba schools compete at the Carnival Samba Parade. People in each samba school have something in common, be it hailing from the same geographic region or having a particular ethnic background or interest. Their performances—which often feature detailed floats and colorful costumes—take place in the city’s Sambadrome, a stadium-like building erected in the early 1980s to house the growing parade. Check out these colorful images from the 2015 Rio de Janeiro Carnival festival in Brazil:

2015 Rio de Janeiro Carnival in Brazil
A performance from the first day of Carnival 2015. Source: NY Daily News

Carnival Crowds in Rio de Janeiro
Thousands of dazzling performers congregate at Brazil’s Sambadrome. Source: The Guardian

Carnival 2015 in Brazil
Performers from the Portela samba school. Source: PJ Star

Carnival 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Performers from the Mangueira samba school. Source: Design You Trust

Carnival King Rio de Janeiro
Wilson Neto, the Carnival King, hands over a ceremonial key to the city. Source: Business Insider

Vibrant Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Brazil’s annual Carnival festival is no doubt one of the most vibrant celebrations in the world. Source: ABC

Carnival Dog Parade
Even four-legged friends like this one celebrate during Carnival. The Blocao dog parade featured lots of costumed pets. Source: KIRO

Aerial View of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
An aerial snapshot of the colorful Carnival festival. Source: FOX

Colorful Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Performers from the Nene de Vila Matilde samba school. Source: NY Daily News

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Party
The annual Carnival festival is one of the most extravagant celebrations in the world. Source: NewsNext

2015 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. Source: Dayton Daily News

Academicos do Grande Rio in Brazil
Performers from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school. Each year, performers display intricate, beautiful costumes like this one. Source: The Guardian

Block Party at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Women celebrate at a block party meant to encourage black pride. Source: Business Insider

Colorful Carnival Costumes 2015
The costumes at Carnival are one of the festival’s main selling points. Source: La Patilla

Carnival Queen Brazil
The Carnival Queen makes an appearance at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. Source: Xinhuanet

Elaborate Rio de Janeiro Carnival
Elaborate performances at the Carnival festival often touch on social issues. Source: NewsNext

Ceremonial Key City Rio de Janeiro
The Carnival King holds up a ceremonial key to the city. Source: The New Daily

Carnival Floats in Rio de Janeiro
A member of the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school puts the finishing touches on a float. Source: Baltimore Sun

Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2015
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school perform on opening day of Carnival 2015. Source: Hello!

Unidos de Bangu Performers
Revelers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school at Carnival 2015. Source: ABC

Imperatriz Leopoldinense Samba School
Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school. Source: The Star

Nelson Mandela Carnival Float
A Nelson Mandela float honors Afro-Brazilian heritage. Source: The Star

Carnival Performances 2015
Many performances take place at Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome. Source: NY Daily News

Unidos da Tijuca Samba School
Revelers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school at Carnival 2015. Source: ABC

Rosas de Ouro Rio de Janeiro Carnival
Performers from the Rosas de Ouro samba school. Source: NY Daily News

Beija Flor Samba School at Carnival
The Beija-Flor samba school wins the 2015 Carnival parade competition. Source: Kansas City Star

Beautiful Images of Rio Carnival
Source: Daily Mail

Incredible Rio de Janeiro Carnival
Source: IB Times

And if you enjoy a good party, check out our post on the history of the masquerade party!

Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.