Carnival's Grande Finale
Today, terça-feira gorda (Fat Tuesday) is officially the big finale for Carnival but true to Brazilian style, the party won’t be ending when it should. Blocos (carnival street bands) will be parading in various areas of the city until next Sunday.
are some options for prolonging the carnival festivities:
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Banda de Ipanema. For over 40 years this group has been flooding the streets of Ipanema with a stream of creatively costumed revelers. The Banda is known for extravagant costumes and a gay-friendly atmosphere. Gathering: 3pm in Praça General Osório. Parades along Avenida Viera Souto (Ipanema beach)
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Vem ni me que Sou Facinha. This bloco, whose name means “come to me, I’m
easy”, will play traditional marchinhas and samba tunes in Ipanema’s Praça
General Osório. Gathering: 5pm at Rua Prudente de Moraes, #10.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Me Beija que Sou Cineasta. It’s important to understand the name of this bloco: “kiss me, I’m a filmmaker” because participants will be given color-coded bracelets depending on kissing preference: blue for those who kiss only men, red for kissing only women, green for both sexes and black if you kiss anything that breathes! This bloco’s merrymaking also includes a dip in the fountain. Gathering: 8am in Baixo Gávea (the square near the Jockey Club).
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Voltar pra Quê? Parade through the
streets near Cinelândia (downtown) with this traditional bloco whose name means
“why go back?”. Gathering: 8pm on Rua
Alvaro Alvim, at the famous “Beco da Cirrose” (“cirrhosis corner”).
Friday, February 8, 2008
Só Tamborims. This band consists of only tamborims (a small, tambourine-like instrument which creates quite a loud sound when hit with a plastic stick). Gathering: 9pm at the Travessa Mosqueria, at the corner of Avenida Mem de Sá (in Lapa).
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Bafafá. This traditional
bloco meets at 5pm at Posto Nove (lifeguard post 9) on Ipanema beach.
Mulheres do Chico
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Monobloco. Hundreds of
drummers and percussionists attracts even more revelers with their lively,
percussive versions of popular Brazilian songs. Gathering: 9am in front of
Hotel Sofitel, Posto 6, on the Avenida Atlântica (along Copacabana beach).
Barangal. While the name means “ugly woman”, this bloco attracts folks of all types and is a great option to end your carnival with a bang. Gathering: 4pm at Posto Nove (lifeguard post 9) on Ipanema beach.
For more events in Rio de Janeiro check out our calendar of events.