No other event on Earth is like Carnival. The sights. The music. The people. The atmosphere. Rio Carnival 2024 starts on Friday, February 9, and ends on Saturday, February 17. It’s the perfect excuse for an extended trip to Brazil!
In fact, below are seven reasons why 2024 should be the year you check it off your bucket list. Even better? You can now join the party completely stress-free by booking a fully furnished apartment in Rio de Janeiro.
The word “carnival” comes from the late Latin “carne vale,” meaning “farewell to meat.” That’s because Carnival’s origins are in the Christian tradition, referring to the approaching season of Lent, when participants would abstain from meat, alcohol, and other items for 40 days after Ash Wednesday.
Originating in the 18th century, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro has evolved into one of the world’s largest and most iconic celebrations. Brazil mixes its European, African, and Indigenous roots to create a rich and diverse event. While it was once similar to a masquerade ball, the Brazilian Carnival has evolved into a huge party that overtakes the country’s main venues, streets, and beaches, bringing together millions for an unforgettable time.
The Northern Hemisphere might experience cooler temps in February, but since Brazil is located in the Southern Hemisphere, its summer is actually from December to March. Monthly high and low temperatures range from 85°F (29°C) to 68°F (20°C). In other words, it’s warm yet comfortable. The perfect combination for a winter workcation destination!
The samba parade experience
Several different kinds of samba parades take place at the Sambodromos, stadiums built specifically for Carnival. While there are performances from aspiring groups as well as the children’s parade, the “escolas de samba” is what everyone really looks forward to.
These are the main samba schools of Rio de Janeiro that flaunt the most elaborate costumes and floats. Encouraging regional pride, it is the samba schools that offer the enormous performances that come to mind when you think of Carnival in Brazil.
Each performance is judged by a number of factors, including the costumes, music, and spirit of the performers. Those judged to be the best get to participate in the champion’s parade on the final Saturday of Rio Carnival 2024. It’s an incredible honor and a fantastic show!
Rio’s creativity is on full display with its extravagant costumes. Adorned in intricate, feathered headdresses, sequined outfits, and bright, glittering masks, participants turn the streets of Rio de Janeiro into a kaleidoscope of colors and textures. Each costume tells a story, showcasing the energy, pride, and dance skills of the Brazilian people – and the visitors – who are celebrating!
Vibrant street parties, called blocos, turn the city into a giant stage. These lively gatherings are open to anyone who wants to join in the fun, quickly blurring the lines between who’s a local and who’s an out-of-town guest. However, blocos are more than just events. They’re immersive experiences that get everyone in sync with the heartbeat of Rio.
The food & drinks
Brazilian cuisine is enough by itself to make your trip to Rio worthwhile. Street vendors offer a gastronomic journey with traditional goodies like feijoada, a hearty black bean stew with pork, and acarajé, a deep-fried ball of black-eyed pea dough filled with flavorful fillings. Not to mention caipirinhas, a refreshing, sweet, and sour traditional drink that will bring the party to another level. Seriously, Rio Carnival 2024 is a sensory experience that’s even better thanks to the food and drinks you’ll enjoy while there.
Plenty of places to stay
Kick back and relax in the comfort of this airy living room after a day at Copacabana Beach.
Whether you want to stay close to the beach or a short walk from the Sambodromo, Blueground offers fully furnished apartments in Rio de Janeiro. All you need to bring are your clothes and personal items!
Each move-in-ready apartment features fully equipped kitchens, appliances, towels and linens, high-speed Wi-Fi, and amazing guest perks. Plus, access to pools, gyms, outdoor spaces, and more in select buildings.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on Rio Carnival 2024. Book your flight, reserve your furnished apartment, and get set for an authentic Brazilian experience like no other.