By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the world counts down to 2011, Rio is eagerly awaiting the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration at Copacabana beach, which once again promises to greet the new year in a massive, spectacular beach party that everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime. Rio's New Year's Eve 2009-2010 on Copacabana Beach, photo courtesy of proximoshow. Réveillon 2011 (New Year’s Eve) will kick off what is labeled as the Década de Ouro (Golden Decade), and the celebrations will provide non-stop shows by famous performers on four different stages set along the entire beach, a pyrotechnic show, and the official launch of the 2016 Olympics logo. Perhaps the largest draw is the jaw-dropping 20 minute fireworks show set to launch from eleven barges with 1,200 fireworks each. Not only the neighborhood itself, but the whole city of Rio is being mobilized to accommodate this world-famous event at Copacabana. Rain or shine, 2,000,000 people are expected to fill up the four-kilometer stretch of sand and Avenida Atlântica by Copacabana’s coast, and to ensure safe and efficient transportation of such a massive crowd seems to be a top concern for the Prefeitura (local government). Daniela Mercury, one of Brazil's most famous singers, will perform at the main stage in Copacabana, photo by Ministério da Cultura/Flickr Creative Commons License. In general, regular transit to Copacabana will not be possible starting late afternoon on December 31st, Avenida Atlântica will completely closed to traffic by 3PM, and Metrô Rio will have a special schedule and ticketing system in place. Securing a seat on the Metro (subway) seems like the best option for those out of walking distance, however you must be certain of your arrival time. Special Réveillon tickets are for pre-determined hours of departure between 7PM and Midnight, and the tickets will only be valid for that one-hour period. Making your way to Copacabana may prove to be a challenge for some, but the neighborhood aims to be prepared to accommodate about a quarter of the city’s population. Food and drinks will be sold at kiosks, stores, and the six Postos (Lifeguard Stations) along the Copacabana beach will have paid bathrooms available, although it is advisable to plan ahead for long lines. These logistics aside, the attractions, shows, and the high level of energy will likely leave you in awe, and who doesn’t want to be part of one of the biggest parties on Earth to ring in 2011. The complete list of the performances at Copacabana’s four stages are as follows: Palco Beat 98 (The stage in Leme) 6:00PM – Grupo Toda Hora 7:30PM – Dj Brinquinho 8:00PM – Grupo Styllo X 9:20PM – DJ Daniel das Micaretas 10:45PM – Herbert Levy 12:20AM – Grupo Samba Pra gente 1:30AM – DJ Brinquinho Palco Brasil (The main stage in front of Copacabana Palace Hotel) 5:45PM – DJ MAM 6:45PM – Show Alcione 8:15PM – Show Daniela Mercury 12:16AM – Show Zeca Pagodinho 2:00AM – Show Escola de Samba – Grande Rio 2:33AM – Show Escola de Samba – Unidos da Tijuca Palco Santa Clara (The stage in front of Rua Santa Clara) 6:10PM – Show Oi Novo Som – Fino Coletivo 7:10PM – DJ Dodô Azevedo 8:20PM – Show Sandra de Sá 10:25PM – Show Cordão do Bola Preta 12:16AM – Show Cordão do Bola Preta 01:50AM – DJ residente 02:00AM – Show Escola de Samba – Beija Flor 02:33AM – Show Escola de Samba – Vila Isabel Palco Oi FM (The stage in front of Rua Xavier da Silveira) 6:00PM – Dj Yuri Almeida 8:30PM DJ Mauricio Valadares 10:00PM – MC Marcelo Silva – Conexões Urbanas 10:25PM – DJ Maurício Valadares 12:16AM – Dj Marcelinho da Lua 12 Responses to "Réveillon 2011 in Copacabana" Pingback: And a Happy New Year | The Rio Times Pingback: New Year’s Eve Around Rio | The Rio Times Pingback: Hidden Pousadas in Rio for New Year’s | The Rio Times Steve December 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM I’m leaving out of Orlando tomorrow to be part of this great event. Last New Years Eve there for me was 1972/73 and only a few thousand came out to send off the flowers. Imagine 2 million people and all that energy! BIG PARTY!!! Rio NEWS December 31, 2010 at 11:49 AM Notícias em tempo real. Real time news Pingback: JoJo Starts The Year Off Right! « Strider Blog Pingback: WikiLeaks: 2009 Review of Favela Violence | The Rio Times Pingback: Summer Heat Means Dirty Beach | The Rio Times Pingback: New Year in Rio de Janeiro | The Art of Education Pingback: New Years Celebration in Rio de Janeiro | The Art of Education Pingback: The Holidays on Brazil’s Northeastern Beaches | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Getting Ready for New Year's Eve in Rio | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.