IN PHOTOS: Rio Carnival 2014

Rio Sambadrome in full swing

Rio Sambadrome in full swing! Photo by Ben Tavener.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is, in a word, overwhelming – for every one of the senses. Everything gets a good pounding: your ears, eyes, nostrils, and quite definitely your brain.

For some reason it’s taken me three years to get to Rio Carnival – but it was definitely worth it.

There are those who mistakenly think Carnival is all about the samba schools parading at the Sambódromo, which celebrated 30 years of colour and dance this year, but the real heart of Carnival is most certainly in the blocos – the many, many street parties (450+ this year) that adorn Rio’s street and bring large swathes of the city to a grinding halt in a mass of sweaty, alcohol-fuelled dancing and debauchery.

Here is a small taster – click to enlarge photosFor the full gallery, see my Flickr set.

5 thoughts on “IN PHOTOS: Rio Carnival 2014

  1. Sambadrome + Blocos… the Rio Carnival experience!! Biggest party in the world, it is a good idea to plan the trip in advance to void having to sleep in the street.. although sure sleeping is not what carnival is about! ajajja

  2. Sambadrome + Blocos.. the real Rio Carnival!! To participate to the biggest party in the world it is important to organize the trip in advance.. accommodation is expensive during those dates and hostels and hotels are know to fill up weeks before the actual carnival!!

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