Carnival Parade: A Cautionary Tale and A Word of Advice

Carnival in Rio de Janerio is the event to which every other carnival is compared. The parade is among one of the most incredible spectacles in the world. You will dance the night away with the samba, the lights and the sounds of carnival. In order to fully enjoy all the wonders of the carnival parade, it’s important to think through what kind of parade experience you want. For the parade, there are two types of seats:

Grand stand seats (bleachers) offer open seating. You can get as high and you want and sit wherever you want.

Allocated/numbered seats All seats in sector 9 (the tourist sector) are also numbered and reserved. The reserved seats are either in boxes or you can plant yourself on the concrete, so be sure to bring blankets and seats to make yourself comfortable.

There are pros and cons to both options, but let the following “harrowing tail” help shape your decision:

Back in the days where Rent in Rio’s President Danny Babush first began to frequent Carnival, he opted to watch the parade from sector 3. He took a seat next to a delicate French woman who resembled Audrey Hepburn, and struck up a conversation with the girl and her husband, explaining the history of the parade. Next to the girl was approximately 21 centimeters of seating space, hardly enough for a single butt cheek of an average sized person. In the midst of jovial conversation, cushioned by the comfort of just enough space for belly laughs, a woman towering at over 1.8 meters tall, donning a green derby, a star on her cheek, and with a rear-end easily a meter wide, began to make her way towards Danny and his new friends. Throwing her an uneasy sideways glance, Danny wrongfully assumed that she was merely trying to pass them to reach the isle. Positioning herself in front of the wispy French girl and the sliver of space beside her, the woman began not-so-discreetly wedging herself into the “seat.” The green derby shaking on her head and a grin from ear to ear, the woman did not cease until the whole of her was seated and the French girl was smushed, shoulders crossed, like a one slice ham sandwich.

The moral of the story: If you can’t take the heat, reserve a seat in the tourist section. The only disadvantage of viewing the parade from sector 9 is you miss out on close contact with cariocas—but in such a crowd, there is such a thing as too much contact.

-Jennifer Bunin

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