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Street Carnival 2013: Centro blocos

From the 'boutique' blocos of Santa Teresa to the millions cramming into Avenida Rio Branco, Centro has the street carnival lot

Manic in the week, deserted at the weekends, Centro's booming Avenida Rio Branco is home to the Carnival big boys, the blocos that command crowds of over one million people regardless of the weather, the early start or a three-day hangover. Traditional gatherings like Cordão da Bola Preta and modern favourite Monobloco simply cannot be accommodated anywhere else in the city, whilst nearby Lapa, Santo Cristo and Mauá attract tens of thousands of revellers. The jewel in the bloco crown, however, could just be Santa Teresa, where the marauding masses get a tour of the beautiful neighbourhood, accompanied by the fancily-dressed fools and soundtracked by the likes of Céu na Terra and Carmelitas' marching bands.


 

January

     
26 -
Fala Meu Louro 5pm, Santo Cristo, Waldemar Dutra
28 -
Estratégia 8pm, Centro, Praça Tiradentes
31 -
Batuke Nuclear 7pm, Centro, Rua Candelária
         
 

February

     
1 -
Cordão da Bola Preta 8pm, Centro, Av. Rio Branco
  - Badalo de Santa Teresa 8pm, Santa Teresa, Largo das Neves
  - Eu Amo A Lapa 8pm, Lapa, Av. Mem de Sá
         
2 -
Céu na Terra 5pm, Santa Teresa, Largo das Neves
  - Quilombo 6pm, Saúde, Pedra do Sal
         
3 -
Escravos da Mauá Noon, Mauá, Largo da Prainha
  - Bloco da Preta 2pm, Centro, Candelária
         
7 -
Batuke Nuclear 7pm, Centro, Rua Candelária
  - Badalo de Santa Teresa 8pm, Santa Teresa, Largo das Neves
  - Banda Rua do Mercado 8pm, Centro, Rua do Mercado
         
8 -
Carmelitas 3pm, Santa Teresa, Largo do Curvelo
  - Embaixadores da Folia 7pm, Centro, Av. Rio Branco
         
9 -
Cordão da Bola Preta 9am, Centro, Av. Rio Branco
  - Céu na Terra 9am, Santa Teresa, Largo do Curvelo
  - Exalta Rei! 5pm, Centro, Rua Graça Aranha
  - Carioca da Gema 6pm, Lapa, Rua do Lavradio
         
10 -
Cordão do Boitatá 10am, Centro, Rua do Mercado
         
11 -
Banda do Jorge 1pm, Centro, Largo da Carioca
  - Sem Noção 2pm, Lapa, Rua do Lavradio
  - Bloco Cru 6pm, Centro, Praça XV
         
12 -
Carmelitas 10am, Santa Teresa, Largo do Guimaraes
  - Banda das Quengas 5pm, Lapa, Av. Mem de Sá
         
16 -
Quizomba 11am, Lapa, Av. Mem de Sã
         
17 -
Monobloco 9am, Centro, Av. Rio Branco

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors
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