2014-02-26 09:02:01 - Live streaming Rio de Janeiro at the 2014 Rio Carnival. Event schedule, street parties, parade lineup, Sambodromo events, start times, webcams, online webcast feed.
The Rio Carnival remains the largest in the world despite fierce competition from the likes of Sydney and New Orleans, with over 2 million taking to the streets to join in a festival of music, dancing and colour.
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Taking place in various forms since way back in 1823 the Rio carnival remains a unique and overwhelming spectacle. Taking a Caribbean theme reminiscent of the events in Trinidad and Tobago and Notting Hill London among many others, the event sees a huge cavalcade of lights, song, music, dance and colour, with the highlights being the many street parties and the grand parades in the city's famous and iconic Sambodromo.
carnival parade is filled with people and floats from various samba schools. A samba school can either be an actual school or just a collaboration of local neighbors that want to attend carnival. Samba schools include: Mocidade Independente, Imperio Serrano, Academicos do Salgueiro, Unidos da Tijuca, and Beija-Flor de Nilopolis.
The purpose of carnival is for samba schools to compete with fellow rival schools; this competition is the climax of the whole carnival festival. Each school chooses a theme to try and portray in their entry. The samba schools work to build the best floats and costumes to represent their themes, and to include the best music they can from their band called the bateria. There are many parts to each school's entry including the six to eight floats and thousands of participants.
As the parade is taking place in the Sambadrome and the balls are being held in the Copacabana Palace and beach, many of the carnival participants are at other locations. Street festivals are very common during carnival and are highly populated by the locals.