Man dressed as priest alongside with a drummer of the Bloco Simpatia é Quase Amor (sympathy is almost love).
Unlike the official carnival parade at the Sambadrome, the street carnival in Rio is much less elaborated, with simpler costumes and free to enter/participate.
People follow the blocos through the streets. Blocos have this generic name because they are nothing but a block of people that get together to party, sing and listen (usually) new and old samba – also known as ‘marchas de carnaval’.
All blocos have a set, pre-approved time to start and itinerary to follow and people can find this info online. Just to give a better sense of the dimensions of the party: Rio had more than 550 blocos in 2016 carnival!
Photo taken on 30/Jan/2016