Brazilian Challenge Day 35: Bloco Attempt #1

In order to embrace the Brazilian Carnaval culture, we decided to go to a bloco.

A bloco is a kind of street carnival dedicated to Carnaval and there are a number that occur pre-carnaval in Sao Paulo. The idea is to get the population excited for the upcoming Carnaval celebrations through music, costumes, dance and drinks. The bloco we targeted was Bloco Vai Quem Quer, not in the street, but at the Teatro Vento Forte in Parque Municipal Mario Pimenta. The flyer stated it was to begin at 14hrs (2pm). We had lunch with friends and arrived at about 4:30pm.

Here is the flyer for the event:

And here is what was taking place when we arrived:


We asked some members of the audience (my husband and daughter included in the audience photo):

…what time the music and show was supposed to start. They told us 4pm (again, we arrived at 4:30pm). So in true Brazilian fashion, nothing was as planned.

But the crowd soon began to gather. Young, hip, wildish looking people appeared, sucking down light beers and collecting in small clusters.

It was going to be an all-nighter for most of the patrons. Unfortunately, not for us. We waited about an hour and when only a trickling of activity was apparent, we gave up. My daughter was tired and it was approaching dinner time.

Tomorrow we are going to try another bloco in the afternoon. Let’s see if this one sticks.

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10 Responses to Brazilian Challenge Day 35: Bloco Attempt #1

  1. Alex says:

    I’m so jealous I’m missing carnaval.

    BUT, I’ll be there next year! Have fun!

  2. Jenner says:

    Carnival and samba are too Brazilian for most paulistanos. As we say in Brazil, São Paulo is the cemetery of samba… Anyway, there is space for everything in São Paulo. You can go to a samba rehearsal (ensaio) at a samba social club(escola de samba). Please google for it before attending the event and keep yourself away from roubadas e frias. Good luck!

    • HA! Too Brazilian?! I had planned to go to a Samba rehearsal, but we didn’t have someone to take care of our daughter Sat night. I’m trying to organize an opportunity to go this week. I’ll definitely take your advice on doing some research.

  3. Cezar says:

    São Paulo does not have much tradition in blocos.In rio is more common, as “The Black balls” (Bola Preta) and “Suvaco de Cristo”, “Armpits of Christ” .

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