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Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro – 2020

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro – 2020


It was announced for the year 2020, 50 days of Carnaval. The unofficial opening started on January 1st. The official Carnaval begins on February 24! More than 540 Carnaval parades have already been registered in Rio’s city system. With so much parade, you have no idea where to go? Don’t worry, we have some suggestions and tips for you!


Guys, our walkers passionate about Carnaval gave us some general tips for you who want to make the most of Carnaval in the city:

– Avoid blocos with the electric trio; 

– Avoid mega blocos of great artists;  

– We also do not recommend blocos in South area, as in Copacabana and Ipanema;  

– Give preference to enjoy the blocos in the morning, they are the best!  


Our most recommended blocos take place in the central area of the city and at most they reach the Aterro do Flamengo, which are easy areas for you tourists! Only in the city center, there are more than 130 blocos! 


The idea for this bloco came from an informal conversation between 3 friends, who wanted to parade in the flowered carnaval! So, they created a bloco The objective was also to rescue the great musical successes that marked the period. The band of the bloco has wind and percussion instruments.

The musicians from this bloco also participated in other large carnaval blocos in the city. It’s a lot of axé, funk, rock, pop, forró and marchinhas (typical Carnaval music)! Just success.


Created in 2017, this bloco aims to play the successes of the pagode bands of the 90s. They are the successes of Raça Negra, Exaltasamba, Revelation, Art Popular and Katinguelê.

The fun doesn’t stop there, the musicians created their versions of the songs in the rhythms of maracatu, xote, baião and of course like carnaval marchinhas.


The name of the bloco came from a verse of the song “É tarde demais”. This song was played 600 times on the same day and entered the Guinness Book. This is the hymn of the bloco!


This is one of the most important blocos in the city. It was founded in 1996 and was important in revitalizing street carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. It always pays tribute to great names in Brazilian music and exalts all the country’s cultural diversity. The songs include marchinhas, samba, afoxé, maxixe and frevo.


The name of the bloco has Tupi-Guarani origin and means “Snake of Fire”. There are more than 90 musicians who delight everybody, as this group is known for its perfect acoustics.


This bloco was born in 2005, through the artistic manifestations of Maracatu do Baque Virado, from Recife, in Pernambuco. It brings together more than 100 members, including musicians and dancers. The bloco is a hit on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Songs from Recife’s maracatu and original songs by the group are played.



This bloco appeared in 2015, as a response to a post on a social network, where a boy had said: “I don’t deserve a woman ‘rodada'”. An event / parade was created, which took more than 3 thousand people to the streets, on Ash Wednesday. Most of them were women in costumes and with signs against sexism, harassment and violence against women.

In the following year, he paraded in the city streets, with a band mainly composed of women and continues to carry this flag in the carnaval of Rio de Janeiro.



The city’s Port Zone functioned as a port and a slave market in the 18th and 19th centuries, the region is even known as Little Africa. Since 1993, professionals from different fields have used this region as a base for research. With that, civil servants passionate about samba, carnaval and this area of the city, created a bloco and included the “slaves” to the name.


For party lovers, this bloco is perfect. Born in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa, in 2004. The story was: one of the founders’ friends was sick and did not want to stop enjoying the Carnaval, so he was using medication.

Alerted about the danger of using medicine like this, he replied: “if I die, bury me on Wednesday”. That’s why the bloco exist, for all those who refuse to end the carnaval parties.


Do you know the famous film, ET from 1982? Yes, this is the mascot of this bloco. In 2009, some friends decided to share an apartment. The property already had furniture and a room full of junk. The owner of the property asked her friends to empty the room, and that she could do whatever they wanted with the ET doll that was there.

The following year, the mascot became an attraction in a group of journalists that took place in Laranjeiras. The group of friends then decided to create a bloco in honor of the friendly character, playing parodies of the carnaval marchinhas. Everyone wants to take pictures with the beautiful blue-eyed ET with an easy smile, which weighs 13 kilos. It’s worth participating, it’s super fun!


Founded in 2001, also on the streets of Santa Teresa. This bloco is part of the Popular Culture Center Céu na Terra, which relates to cultural events throughout the country. The orchestra is formed by musicians from the Carnavalesque Bloco and the repertoire is formed by arrangements of wind, percussion, voice and harmony.  

It became known for being the most colorful bloco of the Rio carnaval and in the pre-carnaval it uses the Santa Teresa trams. The participants of the bloco use super creative costumes, giant dolls, standard bearers and wooden legs. There are more than 20,000 people who follow this bloco. Can you imagine?

WHERE:  keep an eye on the social networks of the blocos to know the days and where they will happen! @segueobloco is a very nice page, they always put the list where the blocos will happen!


Who else here loves Queen B? Have you ever imagined a bloco just playing Beyoncé hits and feminist anthems? Rio de Janeiro gives you that. It’s Bloconce.


Bloco created by women, for women. The objective is to train women of reference in the Rio carnaval and already has over 70 members. Look on social networks where this wonderful bloco will happen. Who run the world? Girls!


A really cool bloco is the Boi Tolo, which is derived from Cordão do Boi Tatá, which is famous for parading for many hours. At the 2006 carnaval, Cordão do Boi Tatá did not come out on Sunday as usual. In fact, it happens that many blocos keep the bloco’s departure date and time secret, to avoid crowding. 

A group of revelers was ready waiting for Cordão do Boi Tatá in Praça XV, in the city center, ended up waiting for nothing. Frustrated, the revelers decided to improvise a bloco, which included the participation of lonely musicians who ended up appearing in the square that day. With a lipstick, they wrote “Cordão do Boi Tolo” on a plaque.


Contravention or not, the important thing is to entertain people and bring joy to the city streets. Usually, the bloco always happens after the official Cordão do Boi Tatá passes.

And detail, finding the Boi Tolo is a mission. There is always a commotion to divulge where the bloco is: CADÊ O BOI TOLO? Therefore, you need to be a little more attentive, because it leaves the city center and goes to the South Zone. In this, you also need to keep an eye on social networks to know exactly where the bloco is passing.

So, which bloco looks like you? Choose and play in the fun! 🙂


– Be polite, use the magic words: excuse me, please, thank you;  

– Costumes, yes! Use little things that you already have at home, use your creativity. Didn’t like the result? So use glitter to get in the mood.


– Respect always! No means no. Nothing to force contact, this is harassment!  

– Respect gender diversity. Carnaval is the party of joy. Each one deserves to be respected the way it is!

– Let the band pass, respect the space of the musicians;  

– Give preference to the use of drinks in cans and plastic bottles; In addition to the materials being used for recycling, it does not hurt the friends who are enjoying the bloco;  

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