Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is designated by the Guinness World Records as “the biggest carnival in the world” with nearly two million people attending each day. If you’re not a huge fan of crowds (“crowds” being an understatement), you’ll find it’s exceptionally easy to throw your very own Carnival in the comfort of your own home… no samba stadiums required! Now let’s make some Carnival magic.
Step 1: Whip Up Some Capirinhas
As the national drink of Brazil, made with sugarcane hard liquor (cachaça), sugar, and lime, these bad boys are S-T-R-O-N-G and are sure to get the party started rapidamente. Did we mention they’re strong?
Step 2: Put on Some Samba
Samba music is at the heart of Rio’s parade. “Samba schools” create extravagant floats and costumes for the parade and perform pieces they’ve refined over the course of the year. Imagine you're following around one of these percussive samba schools by playing this energetic music at your party. There’s no escaping that exhilarating beat!
Step 3: Don’t be Shy, Put Some Meat on a Stick!
You’re gonna need something to soak up those capirinhas… Many Carnival street foods consist of meat on a stick cooked over charcoal. Create your own version of espetinhos by placing some chicken or sausages (chorizo would do just fine) on skewers and grilling them up! We all know everything tastes better on a stick.
Step 4: Organize a Bloco
During the insane parades of Rio’s Carnival, participants put on elaborate Samba costumes to dance in the procession. Blocos are small informal groups with a theme in their samba, so gather your friends and start brainstorming!
Step 5: Party Hard
The whole point of Carnival is over-the-top indulgence in every way, shape, and form. After this, you’ve got 40 long, hard days of abstinence and denial (that is if you’re a true believer in Lent). Don’t be afraid to shake your tail feathers and let lose, showcasing the true spirit of Carnival.