Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí. Public Building in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro State

Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí

Public Building in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro State

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Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí

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One of Brazil's most famous and popular festivals is the carnival that is carried out in February. It is celebrated in different ways according to the city. However, the most famous carnival in Brazil, both in magnitude and beauty, is the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro.
And to celebrate such a grandiose festival celebrated by many people, the ideal location is an equally large place which is where the Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí comes into play.

History

The Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí is actually the common name used to define the "Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro". Besides being a teacher, anthropologist, writer, politician and former minister, he was also the deputy governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro at the time of the construction.
Built in 1984, the Sambódromo (Wikipedia Article) was designed by the architect, Oscar Niemeyer (Wikipedia
	Article), and ended up triggering the construction of several other Sambódromos across the country. It was built in 120 days and is 2,297 feet long and 43 feet in width with regards to the track used for the show.
The total capacity of the Sambódromo is currently 75,518 people divided into the following sectors:
  • VIP cabins with 7,056 places available
  • Stalls to 11,498 people
  • Special stands with 25,984 seats available
  • Popular stands with 25,700 seats
  • Individual seats for 2,280 people


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	Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí
Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí. Photo by David Kirsch

How to Get There

To get to Sambódromo or to the Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro, located on the street of Marques de Sapucaí, the tourist can opt for a taxi or the subway, down at Estácio (Wikipedia Article) station. But there are several bus lines that pass constantly through this place.

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	Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí
Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí. Photo by David Kirsch

Where to Stay

Blue Zone is the best place for any tourist staying in Rio de Janeiro. The beachfront hotels are located in the most visited part of the city, between Copacabana and Ipanema.

Visit During the Year

The Sambódromo can be visited throughout the year and not just during the carnival. It usually stays open throughout the day for the tourists who wish to stroll down the walkway and learn of the history of the place. Furthermore, during times of examination of samba schools, (from December) the visitors can also see the live trials.

Landmark

The Samba Museum

The Museum of Samba, also designed by architect, Oscar Niemeyer, can be visited throughout the year. There, the tourists will experience and learn of the history of the Rio de Janeiro carnival, the story of the construction of the Sambódromo, the project made by Oscar Niemeyer and other various unique pieces relating to samba.

The Apoteose Square

This square is one of the most popular landmarks of the city and also the Sambódromo. Created by the architect, Oscar Niemeyer, it consists of a large concrete parabolic arch with a pendant in the center.
Those who have performed in this square include large national and international artists, including Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Supertramps, David Bowie, Rolling Stones and Fri Pistols on his comeback tour called Filthy Lucre.

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	Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí
Sambadromo - Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí. Photo by Juri Kyoya

The Carnival

The carnival at the Sambódromo is internationally known due to exuberant parades of the samba schools and the great music.

Samba

Samba (Wikipedia Article) is an exclusive type of Brazilian music originating in Rio de Janeiro, while the dancing of samba was invented by African-Brazilian people, centuries ago. The word “samba” comes from the Angolan language and means something along the lines of "the blues".

Samba Schools

The samba schools are famous for the Sambódromo beauty and glamor during the nights of February when a contest is held to choose the best samba school. They have the task of writing the themes, designing the costumes, writing songs, making the floats and still rehearsing throughout the year.
So the Sambódromo Carnival is not for everyone. A physical and psychological preparation and a good financial investment is required.

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	Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí
Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí. Photo by Team at Carnaval.com Studios

Facts

  • During each day of the parade at Sambódromo, there are approximately 120,000 people in attendance. 62 000 people are watching the parade, 30,000 participating in the samba schools, 15,000 work in the event organization, 3,000 belonging to teams of reporters and 1,800 are responsible for the cleanup during the 5 days.
  • About 9 tons of garbage are produced each day of the event.
  • In 2010, the municipality of the city of Rio de Janeiro is enhanced by painting the tracks and the stands, spending about 1,389 cans of paint (about 18 liters).
  • Of the people that attend the Sambódromo parades, 16% are foreigners. The largest carnival celebration in the world attracts an abundance of new visitors to the city every year.
  • Besides the carnival, the Sambódromo also hosts other events such as concerts in the city. In 2016, it will host the Olympic's trial of bow and arrow events.
  • Safety

    Due to the large flow of people from all over the world during the five days of the carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro, safety is an aspect to consider. Even with the increased number of police patrolling these streets, the main incidents are petty thefts and fights caused by rebels.

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    Author: Laryssa Balduino. Last updated: May 15, 2015

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    Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí. Photo by David Kirsch

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    Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí. Photo by David Kirsch

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