more than 50 years of history at Ouro Preto Carnival


The Ouro Preto Carnival, known for its traditions and revelry on the city’s historic hillsides, once again hosts the emblematic “Bloco da Barra”. With more than 50 years of history, the block promises to be present and bring joy to the streets during the 2024 festivities.

The history of Bloco da Barra dates back to 1972, when a group of friends decided to create a carnival group to parade down the hills in search of fun. At that time, costumes were creative and each member provided their own clothing and musical instrument. Irreverence dominated, with men dressed as women, clowns and a variety of quirky characters.

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Currently, Bloco da Barra is concentrated in Ponte da Barra, bringing together families in the neighborhood to celebrate carnival in an authentic and relaxed way. The diversity of costumes is a trademark, with men dressed as women, women as men, ballerinas, crazy denies, nurses, cat women and the famous figures of men in clay abadás.

Music also plays a fundamental role in the block, with musicians who maintain tradition, playing lively marches and ensuring that new generations experience a carnival of quality and irreverence. With 52 years of existence, Bloco da Barra has become a deep-rooted tradition in the Ouro Preto Carnival, growing in participation and remaining a trademark of the Ouro Preto festival.

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Journalist in training at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, with stints at Esporte News Mundo, Blog 4-3-3 and Agência Primaz.

The article is in Portuguese
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