The Olympic Boulevard in Porto Maravilha was absolutely packed this weekend. On Sunday, about 130,000 people chose the live site as their leisure destination. With all that sunshine and Father’s Day on Sunday, families took over the area, had a nice picnic on the lawn and took the opportunity to enjoy the attractions offered on the promenade of over 3 km in Orla Conde. During the 10 days of activities in the region, 920,000 people headed for the Olympic Boulevard in the city center.
Bruna Caroline Santos took her mom, two sisters, boyfriend and brother-in-law to visit the Boulevard this Sunday, August 14, for Father’s Day. Together, the six of them started their tour at Praça Mauá and were surprised with the changes in the area. “The redevelopment of the Port Zone looks great. There’s a lot to see and do. Let’s just hope the atmosphere is this great after the Olympics,” she said.
The largest concentration of people on the weekend happened during the evening concerts on the Gathering Stage, at Praça Mauá, which received 60,000 people on Saturday with a performance by rapper Projota alongside Rico Dalasam and Marechal.
On Sunday, rap music was replaced by samba, and Praça Mauá was packed yet again to the sound of Pretinho da Serrinha, who invited Mariene de Castro, Zélia Duncan and Tia Surica to transform the stage into one big dancing event. “I hadn’t been to the Boulevard yet, but today I made a point of coming here because of this concert. The attractions are all very good. I’m a bit of a homebody, but even I got excited about coming over,” said secretary Luísa de Lima.
Day and night, a small crowd also gathers outside the Candelaria Church to take pictures with one of the stars of the Games – the Olympic Pyre. Couple Janaina and Ronaldo Silva, from São Paulo, took a break between competitions to visit Porto Maravilha. They started their itinerary taking a number of pictures with the Pyre. “We had already been to Rio before the redevelopment works in the area. It looks beautiful. Overall, we felt the city is very organized, and everyone is very helpful. There’s a special warmth to the people,” said Janaína.
Next to the warehouses, a group of about 15 friends, all in costumes, performed dance routines and drew the attention of onlookers, who thought they were street performers. In fact, it was the birthday of one of them, who chose the Olympic Boulevard to celebrate her 30th year. “This is my birthday parade, and we’re having an Olympic pub crawling! We met at 4:00 pm outside the Rio Art Museum and set off at 5:00 pm, parading through the Boulevard,” said Karine Brandão, who was dressed as a tennis player and was still very energetic after parading for 4 hours.
Schedule – Porto Maravilha
Two concerts per day, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
1:00-3:00 pm – Mahmundi
8:00-11:00 pm – Tony Garrido invites Zé Ricardo and Sandra de Sá
1:00-3:00 pm – Marcia Castro
8:00-11:00 pm – Elba Ramalho invites Davi e Moraes Moreira
1:00-3:00 pm – Nina Becker
8:00-11:00 pm – Serjão Loroza invites Marcos Valle
1:00-3:00 pm – Tohoku & Tokyo
8:00-11:00 pm – Dona Onete invites Felipe Cordeiro and Fafá de Belém
1:00-3:00 pm – Felipe Cordeiro
8:00-11:00 pm – Paralamas do Sucesso invites Nação Zumbi
1:00-3:00 pm – Passinho Dream Team and the final of Passinho de Ouro contest
8:00-11:00 pm – Ester Rada (Israel)
1:00-3:00 pm – Jamz and Closing Ceremony
One show per day from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. On Sundays, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
15/Aug (Mon) – Cassiano and Trio Beija-Flor
16/Aug (Tue) – Rita Lima
17/Aug (Wed) – Dub Ataque Live Mix
18/Aug (Thu) – Tohoku & Tokyo
19Aug (Fri) – Afro Rio (Party)
20/Aug (Sat) – Baile Black Bom
21/Aug (Sun) – Closing Ceremony
One show per day around 5:00 pm, and a party from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am on Sundays
15/Aug (Mon) – Matheus VK
16/Aug (Tue) – Figueroas
17/Aug (Wed) – Sylvio Fraga
18/Aug (Thu) – Mãeana
19/Aug (Fri) – Stephane San Juan
20/Aug (Sat) – Desumanos
21/Aug (Sun) – Party of Baile do Viaduto de Madureira / from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am