The Sambadrome hosts the annual parade of Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the world-famous festival of Rio Carnival. The Samba Parades take place in the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí (or Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí in Portuguese) each night of the Rio Carnival. The Sambadrome Parades are the backbone of Rio Carnival, as 30,000 annual participants and 90,000 nightly ticketed spectators take part in what is known around the world as the Greatest Party on the Planet! The Sambadrome Parades (or desfiles no Sambódromo in Portuguese), are dazzling spectacles of gorgeous handmade costumes, lavishly decorated floats that are as tall as the Grandstands, meticulously choreographed dances, pulsating percussions, rhythm, beats and of course, the music and steps of the samba. It is also important to remember that the Sambadrome parades are important events in the Carioca calendar and are more than just fun and games, they are ferociously competitive judged events.