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Carnival in Sao Paulo
Where you never get tired of Samba beat
A city where samba sounds different, where listening to its beat don't get bored, in a city which get so much alive right before Ash Wednesday. Sao Paulo helds annual Carnival with samba fever that spreads throughout Sao Paulo. Everything is about samba, colourful costumes and smiley, dancing people in amazing streets of Sao Paulo. Pack your bags and go to Sao Paulo, enjoy some sun and rhythms of Samba, it's an event you will never forget, it will be worth it!
You will think that it's not as big as Rio's carnival, but there is the bright side, the tickets are not that expensive and there will be less touristy atmosphere, making it a fantastic alternative. Music and dancing are staged in the Sambadrome for free, it starts during the weekend of 8th of February lasting for all the weekend until the 10th.
Thousands of people every year from all over the world head to Sao Paulo for the carnival, but not only to party, it's a perfect occasion to get know better Afro-Brazilian culture, the Anhembi Sambadrome dates back in 1991, all the best samba schools will participate in parade, including some as Gavioes da Fiel, Vai-Vai, Camisa Verde e Branco, Unidos do Peruche, and many others.
But the party begins well before the actual Carnival weekend, with some popular blocos include Banda do Trem Eletrico and Bantanta that gather a large crowd of party goers on their parade route. Even if you are not into partying hard, you could go a bit away from Sao Paulo, in some villages like Sao Luis do Paraitinga and Sorocaba, very near by Sao Paulo, there is just less people but the spirit is the same! Enjoy!
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