If you plan on staying in São Paulo over the Carnaval period, don’t despair, the city has a large Carnaval stadium (Sambodromo) and the quality of its exotic floats, thundering bands and scantily clad dancers etc. is not far behind that of Rio. Rehearsals have been taking place at an accelerated pace over the past few months and are open to the general public for a small fee. One of the most central is Vai-Vai, which practices every Sunday from 8pm to midnight at Rua São Vicente, 276 – Bela Vista. Entrance R$2.
SP Carnaval Schedule
Friday Feb. 8
1 Unidos de Vila Maria -Start 22:30hs/Finish 23:40hs;
2 Unidos de São Lucas – Start 23:40hs/Finish 00:50hs;
3 Academicos do Tucuruvi – Start 00:50hs/Finish 02:00hs;
4 X-9 Paulistana – Start 02:00hs/Finish 03:10hs;
5 Gavies da Fiel – Start 03:10hs/Finish 04:20hs;
6 Mocidade Alegre – Start 04:20hs/Finish 05:30hs;
7 Nene de Vila Matilde – Start 05:30hs/Finish 06:40hs.
Sat. Feb. 9
1 Unidos do Peruche – Start 22:00hs/Finish 23:10hs;
2 Morro da Casa Verde – Start 23:10hs/Finish 00:20hs;
3 Camisa Verde e Branco – Start 00:20hs/Finish 01:30hs;
4 Rosas de Ouro – Start 01:30hs/Finish 02:40hs;
5 Vai-Vai – Start 02:40/Finish 03:50;
6 guia de Ouro – Start 03:50hs/Finish 05:00hs;
7 Leandro de Itaquera – Start 05:00hs/Finish 06:10hs.
Address: Sambódromo São Paulo, Av. Olavo Fontoura, 1209 – Santana