This year, Carnival in Brazil is officially on Tuesday, 5 March. However most of the country begins to celebrate the festivities already on Friday, 1 March and on occasional events since the beginning of the year, as well as some weeks after the official celebration.
Despite being a long-standing tradition, Carnival festivities bring some infrastructure challenges to locals and travelers alike.
Cities’ operations are severely compromised during Carnival time. People fill the streets in parades, usually called blocos, which impact the traffic and access to destinations in compromised areas. Most businesses and even banks close on this holiday. Services such as restaurants and bars tend to work normally. To minimize disruptions:
- Allow extra time in traffic to get to your destination.
- Expected airport, bus and train terminals to be particularly overcrowded.
- Check working hours and availability of any service you intend to use during Carnival.
There is a substantial increase in petty crimes during carnival. Pick pockets and robberies are quite common in crowded parties and blocos.
- Remain aware of your surroundings.
- Do not carry valuable items or too much cash on you.
- Watch your belongings as much as possible
Carnival takes place during summertime in Brazil and the celebrations can be extenuating. Besides, most of the action takes place on the streets, where informal vendors supply a significant amount of the food and beverages to be consumed. To avoid any trips to the hospital, make sure to:
- Stay hydrated.
- Wear sunscreen and sun protection gear such as sunglasses and hats.
- Drink from closed bottles only. If ordering a drink, try to watch its preparation.
Overall, Carnival is a joyful and pleasant time all over Brazil. Follow the above instructions, monitor local news and Safeture app and have fun.