Welcome to the Rio’s Carnival backstage!

We invite you to an unforgettable experience behind the scenes of the Rio de Janeiro carnival, and a time travel through the historical streets of Little Africa, which hides the secrets to this party!

 The Carnival Experience tour program comes with the idea of presenting the universe of the Rio de Janeiro samba schools, showing the backstage of the creation of the show and the history of the birth of samba and of the Rio de Janeiro carnival.

This narrative is told by Pimpolhos of Grande Rio, which, in partnership with their “mother school”, the Grande Rio Samba School, open the doors to the ludic universe of carnival to enchant the great audience with the characters of this beautiful popular manifestation.

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is one of the major events of the city, and attracts people from all the corners of Brazil and the world to experience this passion. In Rio, there are more than 90 samba schools, in which participate on average 100.000 components. There are thousands of professionals involved that work throughout the year to hold this party: musicians, choreographers, dancers, artisans, samba masters and producers.

The Pimpolhos of Grande Rio is a youth samba school and a non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote social interaction and educate through the culture of carnival. The Carnival Experience tour program is part of the pillar of socioeconomic sustainability institution and arises from the need to diversify its source of funds to ensure the continuity of their sociocultural projects. Carnival Experience is a social business and contributes in the maintenance of future carnivals.


And now, the backstage of the Brazilian most popular and fascinating show is available to you!

Dressing up in Costumes, Dancing, Singing and Drumming

The Youth Samba School “Pimpolhos of Grande Rio” presents the carnival arts through a creative program focused on socioeconomic sustainability. This is the Carnival Experience – serving, throughout the year, Rio de Janeiro visiting tourists.

In the “Grande Rio” samba school, 70% of the fixed components were educated at Pimpolhos. The Carnival Experience project contributes to educate more and more professionals in production, dance, music, visual arts, beauty and foreign languages.

There are four thousand components that parade professionally in the Special Group for “Grande Rio”. The “Pimpolhos”, which is the infant-juvenile arm of the school, takes to the Sambadrome one thousand children and their families. These parades, with the Carnival Experience, become a lab of education and citizenship.

Carnival Experience- a powerful tool of social inclusion! Is the future Brazilian carnival in which you can participate: dressing up, dancing, singing and drumming.

Luiz Carlos PrestesFilho
Specialist in Carnival Economy