Carnaval is perhaps the largest event in Rio, with venues scattered around town. The highlight is the spectacular samba school parade, a rich and colorful exhibition of 14 groups each day along the street, called Samb mo, with seating for the 70,000 locals and foreigner visitors. Each performing group, dressed in elaborate thematic costumes, sings and dances the samba to the sound of drums with the hundreds of enthusiastic participants and beautiful floats. Rio Carnival takes place on Shrove Tuesday week, from the previous Saturday to Ash Wednesday.
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Rio de Janeiro is known for its feisty ambiance thanks to the colorful fests and activities it features the year round. It is the ideal place to unwind, if you are looking for a vacation where you want to shake a leg to some Brazilian music, or participate in the famous Rio carnival. Those looking for recreation and fun can explore the famous Tijuca forest, or simply laze around on the famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema. Although Rio is a place where the fun doesn't seem to stop, visitors must be careful while touring the city, as it is known to have a high crime rate. Some of the famous tourist spots in Rio are the Christ the Redeemer statue on the beautiful Corcovado mountain, the Maracana football stadium, and also the cable car at Sugarloaf Mountain.