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Paola Oliveira, Pedro Sampaio and Carol Sampaio at Bloco da Favorita, in central RioCléber Méndez/Agence Odia

Published 04/02/2024 10:13 | Updated on 04/02/2024 at 15:13

Rio – With a look inspired by the Xuxa costume, Pedro Sampaio entertained revelers with Bloco da Favorita, Sunday morning (4), in three electric trios, on 1° de Marco Street, in central Rio. In addition to this event, a traditional DJ plays carioca and other musical styles. This year, the Favorita concert, with an estimated audience of 250,000 people, featured a performance by Vijao and a tribute to singer Preeta Gill.

Paola Oliveira, who performed at the last artistic rehearsal of the Grande Rio on Saturday night (3) in Sabucay, woke up early to make her debut as presenter of a group invited by TikTok.

“No one wakes up at five in the morning if the forecast is not good. We have make-up, a beautiful coastal man, head and everything, it will be beautiful. I will attract the audience, but then there is Pedro Sampaio, there is no wrong way. I already love Bloco da Favorita and I did not participate In it for a long time, but TikTok, which is a very new and modern platform, invited me. I will be doing the show, I'm not a big fan of it, “but I will be doing the magic of the carnival,” the actress said.

The massive building, known for attracting crowds, began to gather while still empty, but was soon filled with revelers eager for fun. Despite the hot weather, the infectious energy of duo Denis Gomez dos Santos and Miranda Nascimento did not diminish. “I like the harmony and joy among people,” the young man said. “Apart from the robberies and robberies, I think it’s great.”

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For Miranda, who is in the second group this year, the carnival is all about having a good time. “The joy of the people, the enthusiasm and the human warmth. I think only Brazilians enjoy that,” he added.

The show began at 9:20 a.m., with a performance by Paola Oliveira, who entertained the audience by introducing DJ Pedro Sampaio. The song “Novinha” was sung, sending the audience into a frenzy and rolling on the floor.

Heir's carnival version of the traditional “Baile da Favorita” featured confetti flying above the audience, making everyone dance to the tunes of “Galopa”, “Cavalho”, “No Chão Novinha” and other songs and tunes like an axe.

Sampaio, who rocked the party, also had high expectations for the event. “My music is the face of Carnival. We have number one in Brazil today. So, I had the opportunity to lead a band for the first time. Carnival in Rio is ecstasy for me, it is the warmth of the Brazilian people,” Almighty said.

In addition to the diversity and creativity of traditional costumes, flaps and bows also stood out. Couple Ana Carolina Ferreira Gomez Santos and Douglas Vinicius Nunes combined with a sign saying “I am her problem” and a bow that said “Problem”; Props were purchased on the way to mass. For them, the important thing is to have fun and have fun. Ana Carolina said: “What prompted me to choose this outfit is love. We come to enjoy music, feel a lot of joy and leave a mark in our lives.”

Makeup artist Pamela Santos and her friends dressed as Paquita to enjoy the day together. “Who never wanted to be Paquita when they were a kid, right? So, the opportunity we have is during the carnival and in every huge building we are here in the center to enjoy,” the makeup artist said excitedly.

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Reveler Adriana Barbosa Pereira, 52, declared her love for the carnival and praised the organization of the group: “It was wonderful, the organization must be congratulated. The people are very calm, without fights. I love the carnival, but I already have some things.” “I haven't been there in years and this year is my first year and it's been really good.”

Celebrities such as Douglas Silva and former BBB Ricardo Alves were also keen to enjoy the celebrations.

Show several blocks in Rio this Sunday (4)

In addition to the “Bloco da Favorita”, several other events will be held this Sunday (4) in Rio, including the “Cordao do Boitata”, which parades in the center of Rio to the sounds of drums and a wind orchestra playing marchinha and traditional songs. The Fogo e Paixão mass, also in the centre, pays tribute to the singer Wando and features brega hits.

With its red and white colours, Imbolja is presented in 9 eclectic repertoires for revelers in Ipanema. Banda da Barra, in Barra da Tijuca, pays tribute to figures from Rio's artistic and cultural world with the sound of instruments. The Quem Num Guenta Bebe Água group entertains revelers to the sounds of plenty of samba at Laranjeiras.