Rather than just watch all the fun during the Rio Carnival, consider joining the festivities. Most block parties welcome tourists. If you want to dress up for the occasion, you can purchase a costume from the Rio de Janeiro Independent Samba School League. Their website provides all of the details. But plan ahead. Orders must be placed by November 1. You can also learn how to become one of the marchers during the parade. Now that is a thrilling experience you will always remember!