09/02/2018 Culture

Traditional parades bring humor, irony, social criticism to streets of Rio

Starting Friday (Feb 9), over a dozen blocos—as Carnival street parties are known throughout Brazil—are expected to bring humor, irony, and social criticism to the streets of Rio de Janeiro up to the last day before Ash Wednesday, February 13.

 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (02/09/2018) .- King Momo receives TODAY Friday, February 09, 2018, the city's key and opens carnival in Rio. The mayor of Rio, Marcelo Crivella, between the Carnival Queen and King Momo , in the ceremony of symbolic delivery of the key of the city, that marks the official beginning of the carioca carnival of 2018.
Tânia Rêgo / EBC / LANA (09/02/2018)
 
 
 

Parties will start this Friday with the Bloco Carmelitas and its six thousand revelers, who will take over the small downtown district of Santa Teresa.

 
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (02/09/2018) .- King Momo receives TODAY Friday, February 09, 2018, the city's key and opens carnival in Rio. The mayor of Rio, Marcelo Crivella, between the Carnival Queen and King Momo , in the ceremony of symbolic delivery of the key of the city, that marks the official beginning of the carioca carnival of 2018.
Tânia Rêgo / EBC / LANA (09/02/2018)
 
 
 
 

The bloco pays tribute to a Convent of the Carmelitas, believed to have founded the district.

 
 
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (02/09/2018) .- King Momo receives TODAY Friday, February 09, 2018, the city's key and opens carnival in Rio. The mayor of Rio, Marcelo Crivella, between the Carnival Queen and King Momo , in the ceremony of symbolic delivery of the key of the city, that marks the official beginning of the carioca carnival of 2018.
Tânia Rêgo / EBC / LANA (09/02/2018)
 
 

Revelers as well as admirers of the neighborhood have created a legend according to which a nun jumps over the convent wall to party and enjoy Carnival on Friday and sneaks back into the nunnery on Tuesday.

 

 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (02/09/2018) .- Bloco das Carmelitas (Bloco is denominated in Brazil to groups that animal the street carnival) encourages the audience in Santa Teresa, not center of Rio, Friday February 9 2018, first official day of the Rio 2018 carnival.
Tomaz Silva / EBC / LANA (09/02/2018)
 
 
 
 

The story gave rise to a tradition: men and women partying at the bloco put on a nun's habit—or at least the veil—in order to help the runaway nun by preventing her from being easily spotted.

 
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (02/09/2018) .- Bloco das Carmelitas (Bloco is denominated in Brazil to groups that animal the street carnival) encourages the audience in Santa Teresa, not center of Rio, Friday February 9 2018, first official day of the Rio 2018 carnival.
Tomaz Silva / EBC / LANA (09/02/2018)

 
 
 

After drawing over 250 thousand people last Saturday (2) with samba songs filled with criticism targeting Mayor Marcelo Crivella and his administration, the Simpatia É Quase Amor bloco is parading for the second time on Sunday afternoon.

 
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (02/09/2018) .- Bloco das Carmelitas (Bloco is denominated in Brazil to groups that animal the street carnival) encourages the audience in Santa Teresa, not center of Rio, Friday February 9 2018, first official day of the Rio 2018 carnival.
Tomaz Silva / EBC / LANA (09/02/2018)
 
 
 
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (02/09/2018) .- Bloco das Carmelitas (Bloco is denominated in Brazil to groups that animal the street carnival) encourages the audience in Santa Teresa, not center of Rio, Friday February 9 2018, first official day of the Rio 2018 carnival.
Tomaz Silva / EBC / LANA (09/02/2018)
 
 
 
 
 
 

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