Updated on March 3, 2014
In 1990, a group of friends who used to play soccer and drink beer together in Santa Teresa was so eager to create a street Carnival bloco that they didn't even wait for the next Carnival. It was August, but the new Bloco das Carmelitas took to the streets right away.
The name of the bloco and the creation myth behind it have to do with a beer drinker's tale according to which a nun in the Carmelite convent in Santa Teresa jumped the convent walls to join a Carnival parade. Many Bloco das Carmelitas revelers wear a colorful veil, and a giant puppet representing the naughty nun in that legend is an important part of the revelry. The first puppet, created by Jorge Crespo, was the subject of a fracas involving local representatives of the Catholic Church. It was taken to a police station and released in time for that year's parade thanks to the intervention of attorney-revelers.
The bloco colors are green, yellow, red and blue, but all colors and costumes (or just plain clothes) are welcome in their free parades.
Like all blocos in Sebastiana (the Independent Association of Street Carnival Blocos from the South Side, Santa Teresa and Centro), Bloco das Carmelitas has its own band, MC and flag bearer, new theme song (some of the best in Rio de Janeiro street Carnival) and a new t-shirt every year, with a logo created by an artist. The bloco goes out on the Friday before Carnival Saturday and on Fat Tuesday.
All ages are welcome.
Bloco das Carmelitas - Carnival 2014 Parade Schedule:
Pre-Carnival: Friday, Feb.28, 2014 at 3 p.m. Concentração, or warm-up, starts at 1 p.m.
Carnival parade: Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. Concentração at 7 a.m.
Where: Corner of Ladeira de Santa Teresa and Rua Dias de Barros, Santa Teresa
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