How to Participate at the Carnival Parade

For the lovers of the Samba Schools, it isn't enough to just watch the parades on TV or even sitting at the bleachers: in order to be a part of the party, one must be right in the middle of the frenzy! Unlike a movie or a play, however, during Carnaval the spectators may actually become part of the show. A little-known fact to foreigners (but well-known by the Cariocas) is the possibility to purchase a costume from one of the Schools - which doubles as your entry ticket to the event.

There are two options for those who want to make the dream of dancing samba next to the stars of Carnaval come true:


The simplest, fastest and safest way to book your costume is through specialized agencies. The agencies help intermediate the purchase, which facilitates the access for those who have never been involved in a Parade and avoids common mishaps. Just call an agency and they will inform you about the Samba Schools, dates, themes and prices. Of course, you can choose whichever costume you want!

 Rio Tickets also offers this service. Click here to know more and reserve your costume in minutes.



It's also possible to contact the schools directly. This option is much less indicated, since communicating with the schools can be challenging. Despite the fact that it may be a little more cost-effective, the lack of organization of most schools ends up harming those interested in parading. That is especially true for the schools in the Access Group, which have been known to not deliver some the costumes on time (this is very rare with the Special Group). Because it's a very popular option, most people start booking costumes starting in October of the previous year, as costume designs are usually revealed in December.

There may also be a variation of prices depending on the classification of the Samba School, which can fall into two main groups:

Special Group (the most prestigious, traditional schools and the elite of the parades)

Access Group (less famous schools with less capital, but still at a very high level. The champions of this group join the Special Group the following year.


The show of the Access Group is half the size of the Special Group, so their tickets and costumes sell for up to half the price. It can be an incredible opportunity for those seeking an experience that fits in one's pocket, since the Access Group also delivers a carnival of top-notch quality.

Can't decide which school to choose? An insider tip is to always research the winners and parades of previous years to see which school best fits with what you are looking for.

Now that you have your costume reserved (or almost, at least), remember to leave for the Sambadrome well in advance, bring water, and comfortable shoes. And do not forget your costume - without it you will not be able to enter the party!



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Join us for a safe and comfortable way to the show with various pick up point through out the city, and several Returns from the Sambodromo during and after the show.

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      1. Prices are per person for the round trip. From your pick-up point to the Sambadrome and back to the pick up point.
      2. In order for us to provide the best service, reservations for the Regular Shuttle can only be accepted up to 1 month in advance.
      3. This service is not private – in order to reserve a private transfer please contact us. Remember that small cars cannot access the Sambadrome, only 15-Seat vas or bigger.
      4. Cancellations can be done up to 14 days prior to Carnaval.
      5. Pick up point – the shuttles have pick up points in all main hotels in Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Barra da Tijuca, Botafogo and Centro. When reserving the transfer shuttles remember to let us know where are you staying so we can assign you to the closest pick up point possible.
      6. Six different slots will be provided for the shuttle transfer back: each one will be 15 minutes after the end of each Samba Schools Show, from the first to the last. The representative will be waiting  at the meeting point with Red flag and direct you to the bus.
      7. It’s very important to mention which sector you have tickets for, as both sections (odd and even numbers) need different shuttles that go on different routes. Rio-Tickets is not responsible for any delay, misunderstanding, and time lost due to writing the wrong sector at the time of reservation.
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      10. The drop off point and pick up point will be the same. Both the odd and even-numbered sectors will be notified upon arrival where they should head to meet a staff representative when wanting to return.
      11. Please be aware – The stadium area is very hard to access during Carnaval, and the traffic jam can cause delays. Rio-Tickets is not responsible for delays occurring because of traffic. We always advise before purchasing the shuttle service to consider using the Metro, which is sometimes less comfortable, but usually a bit faster.  

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  4. Depending on the hotel policy, we are able to deliver it to the receptionist. You would need to give us an authorization per email with your reservation number and a copy of your passport.
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