Experience Carnival Sao Paulo Your Samba Heaven!
Although in the past, carnival Sao Paulo style wasn’t considered anywhere near the kind of celebration seen in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo has definitely stepped up its game in the last few years, and now holds a carnival to rival all others! If you’re planning on visiting Sao Paulo, the carnival is one event you won’t want to miss.
Carnival Sao Paulo is held for five days, and marks the beginning of Lent. It’s a noisy festival, full of excitement and long nights, and it’s not rare to see many of the less noise-tolerant Brazilians leave the city for a peaceful vacation, while millions more come in to join the excitement!
Many Brazilians will dress up in elaborate and colorful costumes to join in the parade and dancing, and during carnival, Sao Paulo’s local shops will be stocked full to the brim with shirts, hats, feathery costumes and much more – buy something exciting and blend into the crowd, celebrating carnival just like a Brazilian! If you’re not planning on buying a costume, dress comfortably, but also remember that Brazilian nights can get quite humid – especially when you’re dancing around and having fun! Wear enough to be relatively modest as well, since foreigners showing a lot of skin will definitely stand out in the crowd.
Street parades during carnival Sao Paulo are known as ‘blocos’, and usually run through the Avenida Paulista in the business district. These are free to watch, and can become quite the spectacle as audience members join in the parade.
Along with the parades and concerts held all the time, visitors to carnival in Sao Paulo will want to take in the samba contests! Samba parades are held on the carnival weekend by the city’s major samba schools around the Sambadrome. These schools practice year-round, and at the end of the carnival, one school will be proclaimed that year’s winner. Keep in mind that since this is such a popular event, tickets tend to sell out quickly, and can range in price from $50 to $800, depending on which seats you want.
For nightclub lovers, carnival is a great time to visit Sao Paulo’s clubs. Most clubs will have special carnival parties, and some even have costume parties – so be sure to visit some local shops if you want to take part!
No matter what you choose to see and experience during Sao Paulo’s colorful carnival, you should still travel in groups of 2 or more. The bustle of carnival can get quite busy and disorienting, so it’s best to stay on your guard while enjoying the excitement of carnival Sao Paulo style.
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