Carnival block

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Banda de Ipanema, a Carnival bloco in a famous beach of Rio de Janeiro.

Carnival Blocks or Blocos are the street bands and groups that are the main popular expression in Brazilian Carnival in Brazil. These parades fall under the term "street carnival", a term that still includes the bandstands and parades at Avenida Rio Branco in Rio de Janeiro, and happen during a period of about one month (beginning before and finishing after Carnival). It´s also common to find carnival block during carnival of Recife and Olinda, such as Galo da Madrugada, named in the The Guinness Book of World Records the biggest carnival parade in the the world.

In Rio de Janeiro[edit]

The biggest bloco is the Cordão do Bola Preta that attracts some 200,000 people to downtown Rio. The second biggest is Monobloco that attracts 80,000 people at Copacabana Beach.

In Recife[edit]

Galo da Madrugada is the largest Carnival block. It is named in the The Guinness Book of World Records the biggest carnival parade in the the world, considering the number of participants. Besides Galo da Madrugada, thousands of others carnival blocks with sizes ranging from few hundred to millions of people show up in the streets to celebrate Carnival such as "Virgens", "Eu acho é pouco" or "Segura o Talo" .

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