One of the longest-running and most beloved of the Rio blocos, Cordão da Bola Preta also do a nice line in indoor bailes (balls) every year, at their headquarters in Lapa. Expect the band to deliver all the funk of the street party, but with a little more room to shake your tail feathers and considerably less chance of getting a can of beer down your front. More civilised than most activities at this time of year, then, but not too much more.
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Baile de Cordão da Bola Preta
Rua da Relação 3, Lapa
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