In the evening, the famous parades commence, ending up in the enormous Sambódromo, where the battle for the title will continue until the next morning. You can join in yourself.
A lot of bands will be playing around the Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. You can dance and sing along with them for as long as you like, until everybody is exhausted …
Carnival is usually beginning of February, occasionally already at the end of January. On the Saturday and Sunday before Ash Wednesday there are dozens of thrilling parades.
Tickets for Sambódromo are not easy to get. Check online and buy in advance.
More information: www.rio-carnival.net