Cordão da Bola Preta

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Galo da Madrugada
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People parading at Bola Preta
FoundationDecember 13, 1918; 100 years ago (1918-12-13)
Symbola black ball
LocationLapa, Rio de Janeiro
PresidentPedro Ernesto Marinho

Cordão da Bola Preta (Portuguese for string of the black ball), shortly Bola Preta, is a carnival block that parades every carnival Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bola Preta was founded in 1918. The main rhythm is marchinha, but several other rhythms are also played.

The block attracts more than a million of followers every year.[2][3] In 2013, that number was more than 2,500,000 people.[4] Its size is only matched by Galo da Madrugada in Recife.[5]


  1. ^ "Bloco RJ Cordão da Bola Preta" [Block from Rio de Janeiro - Cordão da Bola Preta] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  2. ^ "Millions dancing at Brazil's Carnival". The Newcastle Herald. 2019-03-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  3. ^ "Brazilian Carnival". China Daily. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  4. ^ Angela Lacerda (2013-02-11). "Galo da Madrugada: público estimado de 2.5 milhões de pessoas" [Galo da Madrugada: attendance estimate of 2,5 million people] (in Portuguese). O Estado de São Paulo. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  5. ^ Patrícia Britto (2012-02-12). "2015 Carnival: Galo da Madrugada and Bola Preta Compete for Number One Title". Folha de São Paulo. Retrieved 2019-04-03.