Updated on Feb.13, 2013
Monobloco is a Rio de Janeiro Carnival hyperbole. The bloco draws such large crowds that its free parades on the Sunday after Carnival, which started in the South Side, were moved to Central Rio, where there's more space.
Originated from percussion workshops led in 2000 by the innovative band Pedro Luís e a Parede (PLAP), Monobloco hit the streets of Rio as a relatively small bloco in Carnival 2001.
About 200 rhythmists form the core of Monobloco beat. Like other Rio de Janeiro Carnival blocos, such as Bangalafumenga, Monobloco works constantly on the creation of a talent pool. Their workshops are based on samba, but many other rhythms are covered, such as coco, congo, xote, and quadrilha (Brazilian square dancing).
Check out the Monobloco sound: on the Brazil version of the Monobloco website, click on Oficina.
Monobloco 2013 Parade:
Sunday, Feb.17 at 7 a.m.
Starting Point: Avenida Rio Branco. The parade will flow along the avenue from Avenida Presidente Vargas to Cinelândia.
Rehearsals at Fundição Progresso:
Monobloco traditionally has held its rehearsals at Fundição Progresso, Lapa. Their 2013 post-Carnival rehearsal:
Friday, Feb.15, 2013 at 10 p.m.
Tickets: R$84 (pay half if you donate 1 kilo of non-perishable food at the ticket office). Tickets can be purchased at Fundição Progresso (weekdays noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., 55-21-2220-5070).