Carnival block

Carnival blocks, carnaval blocos or blocos de rua are street bands that mobilize crowds on the streets and are the main popular expression of Brazilian Carnival. These parades fall under the term "street carnival", and happen during a period of about one month, beginning before and finishing after Carnival. Blocos usually perform Brazilian rhythms, such as marchinha, samba, frevo, maracatu, and axé.

Rio de JaneiroEdit

Street carnival blocos have become a mainstay of Rio's Carnival, and today, there are several hundred blocos. Block parades start in January, and may last until the Sunday after Carnival. Carnaval Blocos are found throughout Rio de Janeiro. One of the largest and oldest blocos is Cordão da Bola Preta, based in downtown Rio. Other large groups include Banda de Ipanema and Monobloco.

Recife and OlindaEdit

Giants dolls of Olinda, Pernambuco

In Recife, the carnival block Galo da Madrugada was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest carnival parade in the world. In its 2013 parade, the crowd following the bloco was larger than 2,500,000 people[1]).

Besides Galo da Madrugada, thousands of others carnival blocks with sizes ranging from few hundred to millions of people, perform in the streets of Recife and Olinda including As Virgens de Olinda, Eu Acho É Pouco, Batutas de São José, Lenhadores, Pitombeiras, Segura o Talo, Bloco da Saudade, Enquanto Isso Na Sala de Justiça and O Homem da Meia-Noite.

Minas GeraisEdit

Blocks are the most traditional parading type in Minas Gerais. Zé Pereira dos Lacaios in Ouro Preto, founded in 1867, is the oldest block still active in Brazil. [2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Galo da Madrugada: público estimado de 2,5 milhões - Geral". Estadão.
  2. ^ Dolores Orosco (2008-02-04). "Centenário Zé Pereira dos Lacaios atrai multidão com marchinhas" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  3. ^ "Bloco mais antigo do país, Zé Pereira desfila no Carnaval de BH" (in Portuguese). O Tempo. 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2021-08-14.