Posts Tagged ‘Carnival’

Official Olinda Carnival Guide 2010 Now Available Online

February 8, 2010

Olinda has a seemingly endless amount of Carnival events, so to help you organize your Carnival schedule, programs are listed by day in the newly launched Olinda Carnival Guide 2010! Just click on “Programação”.

To the right of the homepage, you have can search using the “buscar” box if you have a specific group you would like to stick with. The search result will yield the full list of events for that day. Take advantage of this useful resource to make this Carnival even more wonderful than the last!

Go to RentinRio.com for Carnival accommodations!

Carnival Parade: A Cautionary Tale and A Word of Advice

January 29, 2010

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

Pre-Carnival Prainha Xanahi 2010

January 29, 2010

Xanahi

Looking for a cool way to spend your pre-Carnival summer days? Head straight to Xanahi on Prainha, a private beach in Governador Celso Ramos – SC. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes—or better yet, save your feet the trouble and wear no shoes at all! Dancing on the beach to house music will keep you up all night, so be sure to make arrangements to recover for a few days at a rental property or luxurious hotel.

Jet-setters will flock to Pre-Carnival Prainha Xanahi 2010, produced by ALL (Alliance + AS9), featuring DJ Pic Schimtz, Hands Up and Hed Kendi. For more information, contact ALL (55-48-3028-9400).

When:
Feb.6, 2010

Ticket Prices:
R$50 for women; R$100 for men

Rio Carnival Parade Prices

December 4, 2009

Planning on taking your dream vacation to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival? Are you wondering how much it’s going to cost you to attend the Carnival Parade? On Tuesday, December 1, LIESA, the Independent Samba School League, accepted reservations for Carnival 2010 runway boxes, ranging from about US$1000 to US$3,800 for a box with six seats.

LIESA samba schools form the Special Group. Ticket reservation requests for mezzanine boxes and runway boxes must be submitted by fax. On Dec.18, runway box hopefuls who were selected first-come, first-serve will be notified and will then make their payment at a spot designated by LIESA.

If you’re got a travel agent taking care of your Rio Carnival 2010 tickets, a partner agency in Rio possibly took care of reservations for you today. If you’re curious as to how much LIESA tickets cost when bought straight from the source, go to the LIESA website and click on “Ingressos” on the menu to the left. All ticket prices have been posted now: mezzanine boxes (camarotes, runway boxes (frisas), individual seats (cadeiras) and bleachers (arquibancadas).

The next reservation dates, to be announced, will be for individual seats and bleachers; reservations will be submitted by phone. According to LIESA, those dates will be in the first half of January.

For Carnival accommodations, visit RentInRio.com.