Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai, Rio de Janeiro

3.8
Arena / Stadium · Tourist Spot
The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is a purpose-built parade area built for the Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue is also known as Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro or simply the Sambódromo in Portuguese or Sambadrome in English. It is located in the downtown area of Cidade Nova in Rio de Janeiro, and is the place where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign tourists each year, and the structure is also used as a multi-purpose performance venue. The structures of the Sambadrome were designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), and represent his first major work after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964-1985.HistoryThe Sambódromo was commissioned in 1983 and completed in 1984. It is one of two works designed by Oscar Niemeyer upon his return to Brazil after exile during the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964-1985. The democratic election of regional governors, notably in the state of Rio de Janeiro in 1982, signaled a return to civilian rule and renewed work for artists whose work was suppressed by the regime. Governor Leonel Brizola, a longtime Niemeyer associate, commissioned the Sambradrome to reflect socialismo moreno, or multicultural socialism. Niemeyer worked closely with vice-governor Darcy Ribeiro (1922-1997), a Brazilian anthropologist, on the location and building concept. The Sambadrome was not only to function as the centerpiece of the Rio Carnival, but also house a primary school with 115 classrooms underneath the bleachers of the structure. Niemeyers's Praça da Apoteose (Apotheosis Square), a 90m trilegged arch, became a noted symbol of the Rio Carnival.
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  • Attending Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a once in a lifetime experience for sure. We booked box seats in the Sambodromo through Holland America. We only saw 3 Samba parades on the Friday night but.....  more »
  • This was a once in a lifetime show. The samba schools are awesome and each is about seventy minutes long. We had no problems with violence or aggression.  more »
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  • A visual feast, of course it's a must do and one I can tick of the bucket list. But here are a few things I wish I knew before I came. You can take 2x 500ml bottles in with you and 2 items of food each. You buy tokens first and then wait in the queue to collect your drink (with your token) so don't be fooled by a shorter line. The tourists section, number 9, is exactly that, but there aren't any attendants that could speak english (well one that I got directed to down the way a bit because they didn't understand what I meant by 'toilet'). Taxi rank is nearby, again speak to the people attending the 'line' and they will give you a ticket with the area of Rio you want to go to and the price, you hand this to the taxi man and tell him where you want to go. For comfort take something soft to sit on and prepare to have a wet bum if it has rained at all recently as water pools on the seats. You can buy drinks (cans) and ice cream from men but it is relatively expensive for Rio. Toilets at the bottom of section 9 seemed to be not for section 9, they were down the numbered seating a little and were full of spiders, pretty dirty and take some toilet paper. Because there had been rain, there were boards to get in so not great if you have any mobility issues. These are just practical points, I had an amazing time and got completely sucked into the whirl wind atmosphere. Dancing, costumes and music leaves nothing to be desired. We had seats R 54 in section 9, we were sat in the middle, close to the back, we still had a great view, and nothing to stop you heading down to the front if you wanted to, despite allocated seating. A must see.
  • Amazing experience, totally worth it! Special groups carnival parades are highly recommended. We were in section 11 and it was great, just in front of the jury so we could enjoy the special performances.
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