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Carnival Samba Parade in Rio de Janeiro - Mardi Gras Celebrations

By March 3, 2014

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The annual Samba Parades at the Sambodromo in Rio are some of the world's greatest shows.
Samba dancer at the Samba Parade in Rio de Janeiro
If you love singing, dancing, floats, and Latin music, you will love the Samba Parades! Held the Sunday and Monday nights preceding Mardi Gras and Lent, the two Samba Parades top off Rio de Janeiro's annual Carnival.

I attended Carnival in Rio while on a 14-day South American cruise on Celebrity Cruises' Infinity roundtrip to Rio from Buenos Aires. It was a wonderful cruise, and the Samba Parade was certainly the highlight of all the shoreside events. Many cruise ships sailing in South America overnight in Rio de Janeiro to allow passengers to enjoy the Samba Parade and the other Carnival events. It's certainly a great way to see one of the world's greatest parties!

Samba Parade in Rio Photo (c) Linda Garrison

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