Sao Paulo Carnival is one of the world’s most colourful carnival events and takes place each year on the weekend before Ash Wednesday. In Sao Paulo, celebrations begin on Carnival Friday and continue through until Tuesday. The nonstop party attracts thousands of overseas visitors.
While all eyes are focused on the Anhembi Sambadrome, many other events go on late into the night. The competitive spirit of the Carnival reaches a climax on Ash Wednesday when the judges read out the scores and decide on the winning team.
Carnival’s main events takes place in the Sambadrome on the Friday and Saturday night of the week of Carnival, as opposed to Rio’s Carnival, which is held on Sunday and Monday night. The main parades of the Samba Schools take place on the nights of the 1st and 2nd of March 2019.
To watch the main parade at the Sambadrome on Friday and Saturday tickets are available in the bleachers or grandstands, going up in price for a private box with 25 seats. Tickets can be purchased at stadiums around the city.
The most competitive day of street Carnival everywhere is usually the Saturday of Carnival. Most spectators are avid supporters of a particular samba school, much like the loyalty towards Brazil’s soccer teams.
“Minhoqueens,” is a street Carnival group that celebrates drag queens in their parade with a lot of gay divas and pop music coming from its DJs’
pickup trucks. The group is not focused only on Carnival, but in throwing parties and events throughout the whole year with a motto of seeking inclusion and recognition to the LGBT community. The 2019 party takes place Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2 PM in Praça da República.
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Another parade, thrown by the Sexual Diversity Museum of São Paulo group “Será que é?”, which roughly translates as “Is he gay?” has the mission of mixing the joy and fun of Carnival along with the concepts of inclusion and a culture of peace and respect of all LGBT people.
The party continues on the streets with many blocos or street parades.
The neighbourhood of Bixiga in Sao Paulo has one of the best street parties you will ever see since it is home to many samba enthusiasts and has one of the best samba schools in the city, Vai-Vai.
São Paulo’s gay groups are well-known for their pre-Carnival parades and some of them take a piece of the city to call their own. The same association that organizes the Sao Paulo Pride Parade, also throws a fun post-Carnival street event. The Bloco da Diversidade or the Gay Block party takes place in the Largo Do Arouche, the heart of the gay district, on the 9th of March.
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There are more then 30 different gay block parties happening across the city on the final week of Carnival, many with famous hosts from the gay scene in Sao Paulo, – drag queens, djs and cult empresarios. Bloco Sereianos, Festa Lunática, Gambiarra – O Bloco and loco do Vale dos Homossexuais being some of the most attended.
The block parties are constantly being updated – for a full list check the gay blog for Sao Paulo
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