Where The World Meets Brazil

Carnival in So Paulo: where the world meets Brazil

Carnival in So Paulo is one of the biggest in Brazil. The largest city in Latin America organizes the most important Brazilian cultural manifestation full of creativity and beauty.

Five nights of parades for almost 120,000 people singing together at bleachers, showing their joy and way of life.

Due to Carnival, the city of So Paulo hosts 30,000 tourists, generating R$ 51,000,000 income. It is expected that 20% of visitors come from abroad.

So Paulo City Council is the main sponsor of Carnival 2010. This subside supports almost 100 samba schools, additionally to be also applied to the required infrastructure.

Carnival in Sao Paulo generates almost 25,000 direct and indirect jobs in 52 economic sectors. A study carried out by So Paulo City Council shows that samba schools in Special Group employ 120-200 people for Carnival production: 30% work in samba schools for more than 8 years; 28% work almost 8 months a year in samba schools; and 42% are employed just before the parade; 14 samba schools are in special group: almost 2,240 jobs (estimation).

Almost 5,000 professionals work in different areas at Sambadrome, such as: Security, cleaning, food and beverage, parking, production and so on.

The number of people working in security is: 640 Military Policemen, 71 Civil Policemen, 96 Municipal Policemen, 1,288 private security people, 70 firemen and 28 monitoring cameras in access areas and bleachers.

Sambadrome history:
Polo Cultural e Esportivo Grande Otelo, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, is one of the largest outdoor event venues in the city. Also known as Sambdromo (Sambadrome), it is administrated by So Paulo Turismo and holds an average of 30 great events a year is held at Sambdromo, such as Carnival parade, and festivals like Nokia Trends, Skol Beats and Oi MegaRampa. This venue has recently received several international concerts and shows, like Carlos Santana, Jack Johnson, Black Eyed Peas, Elton John, Kiss and others.

Sambadrome was first open in 1991 for 10,000 people. In 1992, this number doubled after had some bleacher modules finished. In February 12, 1996, with all sectors finished, this center was finally opened and affectionately name Sambdromo, with its real capacity of 30,000 people.

Additionally to the whole required conception for large parades, Sambdromo has the whole necessary conception for samba schools, but also offers an infrastructure for concerts, events and parades, like Sete de Setembro parade (Independence Parade) since 1998. There is a reserve for 400,000 liters of water and 1.4 Mw for lights at the track. During the last years, a varied use of its facilities made Sambadrome a venue for different events, including civic events, entertainment, sports or arts.

Sambadrome data
- A 530 m long x 14 m wide flood-proofing track;
- Water supply, sewage systems, power energy supply, telephone system, and water tank;
Concentration area: 23,000 m
Dispersion area: 7,000 m
Monumental Bleacher (sector B), for 7,749 people and 10 boxes.
Alongside track, there are eight sets of bleachers for 1.447 people each (excepting sectors D and G, for 103 people), and 10 boxes with toilets and cafeterias, for ten to 50 people each;
Seating capacity: 26.246 people
Total capacity (bleachers and boxes): 30,000 people
Toilets 580 toilets and 115 chemical toilets

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