THE RIO CARNIVAL SAMBADROME

A Lifetime Experience

The Sambadrome is the focus of the Rio carnival and the huge spectacular parades that take place there on the main 4 nights are broadcast all over the world. The costumes, dancing, music and elaborate floats are incredible. Being inside the Sambadrome on one of these nights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Venue: Marquês de Sapucaí

In 1952, stands were mounted for the public to watch the parades. Then in 1974, due to the construction of the subway, the parade took place at Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos. In 1978, it changed to the street Marques de Sapucaí. The stands were mounted on the Carnival season and then dismounted in 1983, when Governor Brizola commissioned Niemeyer to design a permanent location for the parades. The venue itself was the Marquês de Sapucaí. It was opened on 2 March 1984 and became popularly known as the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí or Sambódromo as the Cariocas call it. There are Sambadromes in all major cities in Brazil.

Architect Oscar Niemeyer

The structure consists of a series concrete structures set along both sides of a central "runway". Designed in 1984 by the modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer, the complex is 700 meters long and it looks like an ugly barren place set among some poor downtown districts when viewed from outside along the year but during carnival it is a crazy, colorful place full of excited revelers.