Orquestra Voadora

Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – February 2012

Most of the carnival street parties in Rio are organized and run by Blocos. Each Bloco (e.g. Orquestra Voadora) consists of a musical band and a group of partygoers. The Blocos, closely linked to the neighborhoods they come from, start their free-to-join parades early in January and continue throughout the carnival season. Playing usually their own samba song, backed up with a numerous bateria (drum and percussion players), Blocos are considered the beating heart of the Rio Carnival.

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