Drum players (bateria) of the Orquestra Voadora band perform during the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Drum players (bateria) of the Orquestra Voadora band perform during the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brass players of the Orquestra Voadora band perform during the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brass players of the Orquestra Voadora band perform during the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Drum players (bateria) of the Orquestra Voadora band perform during the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Drum players (bateria) of the Orquestra Voadora band perform during the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Orquestra Voadora band performs during the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Orquestra Voadora band performs during the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A pregnant woman dances during the Orquestra Voadora band performance in the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A pregnant woman dances during the Orquestra Voadora band performance in the carnival street party in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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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