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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Carnivals of the World: Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro Carnival The Sambodromo Samba School Image by Pat_Scrap from Pixabay

Continuing our look at the Carnivals of the World - the theme chosen for Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2021, there can be no doubt that Rio Carnival is the most famous and the "The biggest show on Earth" with crowds of two million people per day on the streets.

That's more than the total number attending over the whole 10 days in Santa Cruz.

Rio is so big that the partaking samba schools have to be divided into leagues, the parades split over several days and, of course, taking place in the purpose-built Sambadrome, becoming ticket-only events, which I guess is inevitable with the numbers.

This is why I love Santa Cruz Carnival, which is so much more accessible by comparison. Whilst there are the grados (temporary banks of seating) that tickets can be purchased for and that add some comfort if you chose, this is only a small area and does not stop people standing along the route and accessing the parades in the streets for free.

Rio de Janeiro Carnival highlights

UPDATE 23/07/2020: Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been postponed to the second quarter of 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The city council will choose the final date in September 2020 and in consensus with the carnival groups. Three options are currently being considered: April, May or July 2021. New dates will be listed here.

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