"Participate in the Samba Parade- 2." Carnaval Tip by mangueirense
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For an added charge, a number of agencies in Rio will organize it all for you, getting you in with a school and arranging the costume.
(tel. 021/2511-3636) can organize the whole event for you for about R$600 (US$300). For other organizations, contact Alô Rio at (tel. 021/2542-8080).
In 2004, Gringo (Tourist called in Portuguese)Sambistas from all around the world will be going to Rio for the first ever baptism of a gringo samba school and intensive workshops! Join them at:Unidos do Mundo Samba School
As a participant in the parade you do not automatically get a ticket to watch the rest of the event. If you want to see the other schools parqading you need to purchase a separate ticket. Then you will get a bracelet (pulseira) and can return to your seat after you paraded.
I would not recommend you to get a ticket to see the parade the same day you participate though, because you have to be at the concentration point at least 1-2 hours before the parade starts, you have always to wait there a little time more and then you dance the night away for about 45 minutes to one hour! Hey Man, that's making tired, especially if you are not accostumed to it...so stay away this day from seeing the parade and better go another day to see it!
If your school finishes in the top five there will be a repeat performance in the Parade of Champions, held on the Saturday after Carnaval. If you are not able to parade again, consider donating your costume to a fellow traveler or keen Brazilian, or try to get your fantasy home with you ;-)
But remember that at some airports you may get problems with your costume brought from Brazil...they often wants to charge you costums for it! That happpened at least to me at the airport of Düsseldorf when I came from Carnival 1999: but when I told them I didn't have any clou how much the costume price was they did let me go! :-)))
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