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Bloco de Segunda

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Political Humour for All Ages on Carnival Monday
Bloco de Segunda
Publius Vergilius - Ag. Gingaf/Courtesy of Sebastiana

Updated on Jan.31, 2014

One of Rio de Janeiro's best-loved Carnival groups, Bloco de Segunda was founded in the 1990s in Botafogo. The bloco's name has a double meaning as Monday Bloco (from segunda-feira; see days of the week in Portuguese) and "Second-Rate Bloco".

This first-rate bloco, followed by people of all ages, is considered pivotal in the revitalization of Rio de Janeiro street Carnival. With a macaw for its symbol, the bloco has a focus on political humor. The economic crisis, corruption, and the city administration's latest blunders are all ripe material for satirical songs written each year.

The bloco's colors are red, blue and white. Costumes are welcome. From a simple headdress or mask added to regular tees and shorts (in the bloco's colors or not) to men in full drag, everything goes in Bloco de Segunda.

Bloco de Segunda is a member of Sebastiana, the Independent Association of Street Carnival Blocos from the South Side, Santa Teresa and Centro.

Bloco de Segunda - Carnival 2014 Schedule:

When: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4 p.m. People start gathering for the parade at 2 p.m.
Where: Cobal do Humaitá – Rua Voluntários da Pátria 446, Humaitá

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