Any of the various events and celebrations around the world named "Carnival", "Carnaval", "Mardi Gras", or "Fat Tuesday" which take place generally in February.

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Can a tourist take part in the annual carnaval parade in Rio de Janeiro?

Can you take part in the famous Carnaval parade in Rio de Janeiro if you are there only for a limited period, or would that require quite some preparations?
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How to plan celebrating carnaval in Rio?

If you are not from Brazil and you want to celebrate carnival in Rio, what should you do? Do you just buy a ticket to Rio, book any hotel and just enjoy? Or is that a recipe for failure? I can imagine ...