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Carnival parade in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

The Carnival season is officially on in Rio. Although the real carnival  will officially start  in the second week of february, the street carnival in Rio has already begun.  The street parade called "blocos" are free of charge and is where people dress up in costumes, make out with strangers (if you want) and celebrate the festivities on the street.


Carnaval in Leblon
This lady was selling tiaras at the Carnival in Leblon in 2010. Photo: The Beat of Rio
Tomorrow there will be more than a dozen blocos  all around the city and there will be a bloco to attend every day until the last day of Carnival.  Some of the more traditional blocos Like "cordao do boitata" have existed for several decades.   Some Cariocas  claim that this is the best carnival, before all the tourists arrive for the real deal in february. Most Blocos actually start on schedrule (yes its true), so get there in time.  Now get your costume on and start learning some carnival songs!












The Beat of Rio recommends the following Blocos:

Saturday 24th of january

Banda De Ipanema


Time: 17:30 to 22:00

Meeting point: Ipanema, Rua Jangadeiros at the corner with Gomes Carneiro


Volta, Alice 

Day :24th of january

Time:10:00 to 14:00

Meeting Point: Rua Alice, Nº 1, Laranjeiras


Spanta Neném 

Day: Saturday 23rd of January

Time: 13:00 to 16:00

Meeting Point: Corte Do Cantagalo Lagoa Ciclovia Da Lagoa,

Saturday 30th of january

Thursday 4th of February

Friday 5th of February

Céu Na Terra

Date:  Saturday 30th of january

Time: 08:00 -13:00

Meeting point: Praça Odylo Costa Neto - Santa Teresa


Simpatia É Quase Amor

Time: 16:00- 20:00

Praça General Osório,- Ipanema



Date: 4th of February

From 09:00  to 15:00

Rua Primeiro De Março between  Rua Buenos Aires E Rua Do Rosário, Centro


From 15:00 to 19:00

Rua Dias De Barros -Santa Teresa


Saturday 6th of February




Céu Na Terra (yes again)


From 08:00 to 13:00

Largo Dos Guimarães, Santa Teresa


Cordão Da Bola Preta


09:30 às 14:00

Rua Primeiro De Março, between Rua Buenos Aires and Rua Do Rosário - Centro


Empolga Às 9

From 10:00 to 14:00

Avenida Atlântica, Posto 6, - Copacabana


Sunday 7th of February




From 10:00 to 14:00

Aterro Do Flamengo, between Mam(Museum of moderen art) and A Marina Da Glória, Flamengo

Monday 8th of February





From 10:00 - 14:00

Rua Primeiro de Março Between Rua Buenos Aires and Rua Do Rosário, Centro




Sargento Pimenta  


From 10:00  to 14:00

Aterro Do Flamengo, between Mam(Museum of moderen art) and A Marina Da Glória, Flamengo



Tuesday 9th of February




Orquestra Voadora


From 15:00 to 19:00

Aterro Do Flamengo, Praça Luis De Camões


Rio Maracatu

From 15:00 to 19:00

Avenida Vieira Souto, Posto 8 , Ipanema


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