From: Thursday, February 24, 2022
To: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
No place on Earth does Carnival like Rio! – 7 days of non stop partying.
Update 2022 – The mayor of Rio has confirmed that Carnival will go ahead, however events will be limited to the Sambadrome.
Rio de Janeiro is world-famous for its Carnival and a must-see, once in a lifetime event, a sceptical that will leave you breathless. The Rio Carnaval is not only the biggest Carnival globally; it is also a benchmark against which every other Carnival is compared.
Almost everyone has heard of the Rio Carnaval, and foreign visitors to it alone number over 1 million every year, so plan your trip in advance, hotels fill up fast. For five days, all of Rio celebrates as the clock ticks to the climax at the Samba Parade with some of the world’s most spectacular costumes and floats.
Popular Gay Bars during Rio Carnival
Enjoy daily street parties and smaller parades each day, and every gay bar and club has a different party each night.
- Boate 1140 LGBT dance club with full bar & an array of events on stage including samba, pop & drag queen shows.
- Galeria Cafe – Every Friday, Galeria packs in the young hotties and a few of their straight female BFFs. Music ranges from “flashbacks” to the ’80s, and 90’s to pop divas of today like Rihanna.
- Boate La Cueva – The oldest remaining gay bar in Rio de Janeiro is worth visiting if you are staying in Copacabana.
- Pink Flamingo – Popular gay bar open seven days a week and each night has a little something different: DJs, stripper contests, Scruff-app nights, funk music parties, and more.
- Several circuit parties and large events are typically held during Carnival. As soon as they are confirmed, we will add them. Note that large clubs such as The Week and the BITCH parties are no longer open or hosting events.
Rio Carnival Legends
- The Carnival King is Momo, he is the god of mockery in Greek mythology, and according to Carnival tradition, King Momo should be jolly and as big as a house. Legend suggests that he was expelled from the Olympus to come and settle down in Rio, the City of Carnival.
- The Rio Carnival officially opens with the delivery of the key of the city to King Momo. When King Momo sambas, everything and everyone should also samba with him. Rio celebrates Carnival 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Saturday and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. It usually happens in February/early March, the hottest months in the Southern Hemisphere, when the Rio summer is at its peak.
The Gay Carnival & Block Parties
- Rio Carnival gay celebrations start way before anything official even begins. Take a tour and stop by Mangueira samba school, where teams are constantly rehearsing, and LGBTQ pride reigns supreme!
- Blocos da Rua (street block parties) are infused with a small amount of playful sexuality and gender fluidity. But, a handful of blocos are widely recognized as gay-friendly (or GLS, the Portuguese acronym for gay, lesbian, and sympathizers.) During Carnaval, be prepared for drag queens, overly indulgent and colourful parades, along with an “anything goes attitude”.Check out the gay-themed parades such as Bonitos do Corpo (“beautiful bodies”), a tribute to Brazilian beauty and the human form.
Banda de Ipanema Block Parties
- Hit the streets at Banda de Ipanema (Farme de Amoedo Street) for some fabulously gay street parties. Several street bands and groups stop the traffic at strategic points of the city, and some of them constitute the “official” Gay Carnival in Rio.
- The Banda de Ipanema opens the Carnival festivities two weeks before the official date, organizing three parades. This street band attracts many drag queens who personify different images, from the most classical, such as Carmen Miranda, to the most bizarre and grotesque.
- Most of the samba schools make tributes to gay icons as they parade through the streets. Many attendees, LGBTQ or otherwise, hit up this parade with the singular intention of kissing as many people as possible. If you want to participate in the street festivities, you have one more reason to do it: they are all free. More than four hundred block parties and parades and several official Balls—including an LGBT Ball held each year.
Scala Rio – Gay Carnival Ball
- Gala Gay at Scala, situated in Leblon, is on Carnival Tuesday and it is the most traditional one. It concentrates on the most exotic personalities with the most luxurious costumes. Scala Gay is televised, so bring your mask if you want to stay incognito.
- Both floors at the Scala are packed with revellers with masks and costumes dancing to the samba beats provided by live bands dressed in full costume. All you need to have is an open mind and be prepared to dress to impress for an unforgettable experience at one of Rio’s most significant events.
- Other famous balls include the Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, one of the most upscale events in the city.
The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is purpose-built specially for the Rio Carnival. The venue is in the downtown area of Cidade Nova, a 25-minute ride from Ipanema.
The Sambadrome parades are highly organized, with fierce competitions between clubs that develop different themes each year. Young and old, hundreds of Brazilians in official Sumba clubs compete and spend millions on elaborate costumes, entertainers and music. Clubs are complete with drag queens in fabulous outfits.
- Parades take place on Friday (9.30pm to 2am), Saturday (9.30pm to 4am), Sunday (9.30pm to 2.30am) and Monday, (9.30pm to 2.30am).
- Saturday, March 5th, 2022 – Carnival ends with Saturday night’s Champion’s Parade, essentially the best of Carnival.
Rio Carnival Sambadrome Tickets can be purchased in advance, with many different options from Grandstand seats to box seating to VIP stands.
Where to stay during Rio Carnival
The following hotels are close to the city’s gay bars and just steps from the gay block parties held during Carnival.
Gay Map of Rio
Most of Rips gay bars are located in Ipanema and Copacabana. Ipanema’s gayest nightspot is on the beach block of Rua Teixeira de Melo, next to Farme.
Along Copacabana beach there is a traditionally gay-friendly area known as Bolsa, near Lido. Hustlers are pretty much part of the scene, and you should keep a good hold on your wallet
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5 Star, Luxury
Boasting a rooftop pool with stunning sea views, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro offers luxurious beachfront accommodations on Ipanema Beach. The property also offers a spa and wellness centre. Elegantly decorated, rooms feature a balcony, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a private bathroom with bath or shower.
5 Star, Readers Choice
The elegant 5-star Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro offers luxurious rooms with marbled bathrooms. All offer king-size beds, free use of internet and a free pair of Havaianas flip flops and panoramic ocean views, located on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beachfront. Services include a wellness spa and 3 gastronomic restaurants.
5 Star, Great Value
Located right across from the famous Copacabana Beach, the Miramar Hotel by Windsor features a green granite pool and a modern gym. Offers butler service and free WiFi. Guests can start the day with a rich breakfast. Room here comes equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, safe and minibar. The bathroom includes toiletries and a bathrobe.
4 Star, Location
Facing Copacabana Beach and within 800 m from Ipanema Beach, Orla Copacabana Hotel features free WiFi, a rooftop pool and a restaurant. It offers panoramic views of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the ocean. Rooms at Orla Copacabana display neutral colours and modern décor. They provide air conditioning, cable TV and a minibar. Some also offer scenic ocean views.
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Spend the day catching some rays at the nearby beach, relaxing by one of Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana’s 2 outdoor swimming pools, or pampering yourself at the full-service spa. All 375 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and other amenities include minibars and espresso makers.
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At Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro, hit the beach, dine onsite at The Hotel Restaurant, or enjoy a drink at one of the hotel’s 2 poolside bars. All 545 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Other amenities available to guests include LCD TVs, minibars, and coffee makers. Change of towels is available on request.
Sol Ipanema Hotel
4 Star, Readers Choice
This smoke-free hotel features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a 24-hour fitness center, free buffet breakfast, Free manager’s reception. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a rooftop terrace are onsite. All 90 individually decorated rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and 24-hour room service. TVs, minibars, and laptop-compatible safes
3 Star, Modern Classic
This smoke-free hotel features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Free buffet breakfast. Other amenities include a sauna, a coffee shop/café, and self parking. All 71 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and minibars. For a bit of entertainment, LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests will also find room service and hair dryers.