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Street blocks draw crowds to different parts of Rio | Rio de Janeiro


Bangalafumenga Block, at Aterro do Flamengo, South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, this SundayRenan Areias/Agência O Dia

Published 02/11/2024 22:30

Rio – Carnival in Rio took crowds to the 62 street blocks spread across the city this Sunday (11). The public did not let the strong heat affect them and enjoyed the festivities. Until Ash Wednesday, another 102 processions are planned throughout Rio.

O Bangalafumenga, with its well-known mix of rhythms – samba, axé, afoxé, forró and baião -, took thousands of revelers to Aterro do Flamengo, Zona Sul, this morning. Led by musician Rodrigo Maranhão, the group presented a new addition this year: São Paulo singer Bia Sá, who makes her vocal debut on “Banga”.

“I have been involved in street carnival in São Paulo for 10 years and, for me, it is an honor to be the first female vocalist of ‘Banga’. I am very happy with this group that gives so much importance to love, respect and diversity”, Bia highlighted. Another highlight of the parade was the presence of actress and singer from Paraíba, Lucy Alves, who performed with her accordion.

Still in the morning, the Boitatá Cordon filled Largo do Paço, in the Center. A regular attendee, businessman Cesar Veloso explains why he always participates in the block. “We’ve been coming to play for 12 years. The group is very eclectic; good musicians, a different and really cool audience.”

In Vila Kosmos, in the North Zone, the Charanga Talisman It was the big sensation on Sunday. With a circus and theatrical essence, the group enchanted the public with a performance by fire-breathing artists and a front committee with beautiful choreography. The crowd enjoyed the sound of MPB with different arrangements.

At Quinta da Boa Vista, in São Cristóvão, superheroes from Japanese manga, anime and comic books joined geek culture and carnival in the block Nerd March. On stage, the band sang hits from cartoons – in Portuguese, English and Japanese – and fiction series to a samba rhythm.

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