Rio street Carnival
Bloco can be classified as a street party that can gather a huge amount of people during Carnival. If you really want to feel like a Carioca, you need to give it a try and enjoy it like a native does. So in order for you to do it, we have selected 10 Rio street Carnival parties that’ll take you through the roof!
Cordão do Bola Preta
Cordão do Bola Preta is the oldest Bloco in Rio and it’s famous for attracting millions of people every year. The colors that represent this Bloco are black and white and it’s possible to see many people there wearing clothes with these two colors. It starts at 9 a.m until 2 p.m and it’s located in Avenida Rio Branco, Centro. But be careful! Pay attention to your personal belongings and to pickpockets that can appear around you due to the huge amount of people located in the same place. Take a look at our Dica Rio de Janeiro Security Tips for more pieces of information on how to feel safe in Rio.
Bloco da Preta
Bloco da Preta is a Rio street Carnival party organized by the Brazilian singer Preta Gil. This Bloco has already been attended by other famous singers, such as Nego do Borel and Ludmilla. It’s also famous for attracting many people so it’s very important that you pay attention to your surroundings since it’s possible to see a few pickpockets there! If you want to know more about how to feel safe here in Rio, take a look at our Dica Rio de Janeiro Security Tips.
If you are a Beatlemaniac, this is your place! Sargento Pimenta, in English Sargent Pepper, is a street party inspired by the works of The Beatles. This Bloco allows people to sing along while dancing famous hits from this band with a touch of Samba. Sargento Pimenta is located in Rua Infante Dom Henrique, Flamengo.
This Bloco is very famous for its story! People believe that a few years ago someone saw a nun escaping from a monastery to join a group of people that were celebrating Carnival. Today, it’s possible to see many people in this Bloco wearing nun costumes due to the story. Guaranteed fun!
Simpatia é Quase Amor
Simpatia é Quase Amor was created during Diretas Já, an important period in Brazil. It’s name was inspired by a character from a Chronicle called Rua dos Artistas e Arredores. This Bloco attracts almost 20.000 people every year and it’s the perfect place to celebrate Carnival with samba and other elements from the Brazilian Culture.
Suvaco de Cristo
Known as Christ’s armpit in English, this Bloco received this name due to the place where it’s located. People usually say that this Bloco got this name because of Tom Jobim, a famous Brazilian musician, that used to say that everything in his house always got mold because he lived under the Christ the Redeemer’s armpit. This Bloco is less crowded than the other Blocos and it’s possible to have lots of fun there!
Cordão do Boitatá
This Bloco was created by a group of students and musicians in donwtown,1996. It attracts millions of people per year and can last several hours. People can see lots of representations of the Brazilian Culture in its beautiful decoration! It’s definitely something that you can’t miss if you come to Rio during Carnival!
Céu na Terra
Céu na Terra can be classified as the most colorful Bloco. It’s songs are full of joy and are also very creative! It’s possible to see people wearing colorful and diversified costumes there! Around 20.000 people go to Céu na Terra every year and make this time of the year something really special!
This is one of the most popular Blocos in Rio. One particularity about this Bloco is that the participants of this street party use Samba Instruments to play Samba, Funk, Ciranda and other Brazilian Rhythms. It gathers many people every year and it’s a wonderful experience! If you come to Rio, you have to go to this Bloco!
Que Merda é Essa?!
Que Merda é Essa?! gathers different kinds of people every Carnival, including a huge amount of foreigners and young people. The main purpose of this Bloco is to bring together different types of musicians, such as composers, singers and amateurs. It’s an excellent Bloco to celebrate Carnival with your friends!
Kisses and hugs from Rio.