The World Famous Rio Carnival
Extra-terrestrial toucan birds, neon green spacemen waving Brazilian flags and legions of scantily clad folk dancing a furious samba – that’s right, it’s time for the Rio Carnival!
The world famous Rio Carnival is a wild five-day celebration and takes place from Friday 13th February to Tuesday 17th February, during the hottest month in the southern hemisphere. Perhaps the most famous pre-Lenten festival, it attracts more than 1.5m visitors. We’ve created a snapshot guide to the Rio de Janeiro carnival, as well as revealing our favourite Brazilian street food treats here in the UK.