Updated on Jan.31, 2014
Imprensa que eu Gamo helps open Rio de Janeiro street Carnival every year with a crowd of over 10,000 following the bloco's energetic band formed mainly by members of Escola de Samba São Clemente.
The bloco was founded in 1995 by a group of journalists relaxing around a bar table at Mercadinho São José, in Laranjeiras, after a busy day covering a Walk for Peace.
The group's first samba was authored there and then by Marceu Vieira. The name of the group is a play on words roughly meaning "press against me, I love it". The bloco paraded for the first time in 1996, with about 500 people.
Every year since, the bloco has issued new songs and a new t-shirt with a logo created by renowned artists such as Lan, Zirando or Paulo Caruso.
Bloco colors are red and silver, red representing journalists' passion for their career and silver for the printing presses of old days. The bloco is a member of Sebastiana (the Independent Association of Street Carnival Blocos from Centro, Santa Teresa and Lapa) and as such has its own flag, MC and flag bearer.
Though Imprensa que Eu Gamo parades have gotten larger through the years, the bloco is still a laidback option for street Carnival and a top pick for the first-time traveler in Rio de Janeiro.
2014 Pre-Carnival Parade
When: Saturday, Feb.15, 2014 at 2 p.m. People start gathering for the parade at noon.
Where: Mercadinho São José – Rua das Laranjeiras 90, Laranjeiras