Rio: Inside Sambódromo

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Each year, thousands gather at Carnival Samba Parade (also called Sambodromo) in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Brazil’s cultural diversity and history with samba dance competitions, bright floats and music. The four-day celebration kicks off in late February through early March.

And now, Brazil has something else to cheer about. The stadium where the Carnival Samba Parade is held will also be a focal point during the 2016 Olympic Games this summer. Situated in the centre of Rio, the Sambódromo (stadium) will stage the marathon start and finish, plus the Olympic and Paralympic archery events (Source: Rio2016.com).

The amazing floats, costumes and performances are watched by millions all around the world (Photo: Marco Antonio Cavalcanti/Riotur)
The amazing floats, costumes and performances are watched by millions all around the world (Photo: Marco Antonio Cavalcanti/Riotur)
Situated in the centre of Rio, in 2016 the Sambódromo will stage the marathon start and finish, plus the Olympic and Paralympic archery events. (Photo: Alexandre Macieira/Riotur)
Situated in the centre of Rio, in 2016 the Sambódromo will stage the marathon start and finish, plus the Olympic and Paralympic archery events. (Photo: Alexandre Macieira/Riotur)
On parade nights, Praça da Apoteose becomes a riot of colour (Photo: Gabriel Santos/Riotur)
On parade nights, Praça da Apoteose becomes a riot of colour (Photo: Gabriel Santos/Riotur)
After being prepared all year round, the Carnival parade floats enchant up to 80,000 people inside the venue (Photo: Marco Antonio Cavalcanti/Riotur)
After being prepared all year round, the Carnival parade floats enchant up to 80,000 people inside the venue (Photo: Marco Antonio Cavalcanti/Riotur)
... and after the Games, the venue will be returned to its usual owners (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)
… and after the Games, the venue will be returned to its usual owners (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

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