The official Rio de Janeiro Samba Parade is a contest in which the best twelve samba schools participate. The parades are being held in a designated stadium, the Sambódromo in the central suburb Santo Cristo.

Carnival. (in Portuguese: Carnaval) is a Catholic event by origin, but is also rooted in European pagan traditions. Originally, Carnival was a food festival, because it was the last time to eat abundantly before the 40 days of Lent, a period of frugality starting on Ash Wednesday.


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