Street Parades - Carnaval Rio de Janeiro
A more informal way to enjoy
Rio de Janeiro Carnivalis to join one or more blocos at the many street parades. The popularity of street Carnival is fairly new to Rio de Janeiro (in contrary to Carnival in Salvador for example). In the last decade, the number of organized
Carnival street parades in Rio de Janeirohas been increased to over 400 Carnival street parties.
street parades are not only organized during Carnival weekend in Rio de Janeiro, in fact the bloco parties start as early as November!
Each right-minded Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood celebrates Carnaval with its own bloco or banda.
Blocos are themed dance/ music groups, with the banda originally being a brass band and a bloco a drum/ vocal band.
You just check the program to pick one or a few (double-check dates and times before you head out), you don a costume (which is not compulsory by the way) and just show up in happy action mode.
Street Parade (bloco) in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro
The bloco/ banda is slowly moving through the neighbourhood’s streets around the block (hench the name 'bloco') and the supporting revellers are following singing, dancing and drinking.
There are many street parties to attend in Rio de Janeiro, but try to get informed which ones are not only fun, but also relatively safe (so stick to the Southern Zone or Centro) as street parades are events for the masses.
Blocos in Copacabana and Ipanemausually end up in large beach parties.
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