Updated on Jan.31, 2014
Simpatia é Quase Amor ("Friendliness is Almost Love"), one of the most popular Carnival blocos in Rio de Janeiro's South Side, gathers thousands of revelers in the parade which starts at Praça General Osório and follows the Ipanema shoreline all the way to Leblon.
Simpatia é Quase Amor parades on Carnival Sunday and usually on a Saturday before Carnival. Dates and starting times are released as Carnival approaches.
Created in Ipanema in 1985, the bloco is named after Esmeraldo Simpatia-é-Quase-Amor, a character in the book Rua dos Artistas e Transversais by Aldir Blanc - with short stories about the bohemian Vila Isabel district in Rio's North Side.
Yellow and lavender, colors that might have been inspired in a heartburn medicine packaging or a hot bikini, are the Simpatia é Quase Amor colors. Every year, the bloco issues a new T-shirt, with a theme that's traditionally created by Brazilian artists. However, you don't need a costume to join the casual bloco.
Every year, the bloco has a new samba-enredo, or theme song - that's a feature shared by all members of Sebastiana (the Association of Street Carnival Blocos from the South Side, Santa Teresa and Centro, www.sebastiana.org.br). So are a great band, a bloco flag, and the year's t-shirt.
Pre-Carnival and Carnival 2014:
Pre-Carnival: Saturday, Feb.22, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Carnival: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4 p.m.
People start gathering for the parade at 2 p.m.
Where: Praça General Osório, Ipanema
Other Sebastiana Blocos:
- Bloco da Ansiedade
- Bloco dos Barbas
- Bloco das Carmelitas
- Bloco de Segunda
- Bloco Virtual
- Escravos da Mauá
- Gigantes da Lira
- Imprensa que eu Gamo
- Meu Bem, Volto Já
- Que Merda é Essa?
- Suvaco do Cristo