With just five weeks to go, a massive street party in the Praça XV last Sunday marked the unofficial opening of Rio’s Carnival season, giving revelers a sneak preview of the most democratic and hedonistic of Carnival’s traditions – the “bloco”. Carnival street parties are the best Carnival has to offer, with people freely drinking, partying and dancing away. In whatever neighborhood you are, there will be a bloco or a banda to engage and have fun. The coming together of people, coming from the fun, loving carioca soul – some in elaborate costumes, some not – to dance, parade and party through the streets. Every neighborhood in Rio has its own form of Carnival in the street. There are some traditional street bands as: Banda de Ipanema (The Band of Ipanema), Monobloco, Simpatia é Quase Amor (Affection is almost love), Banda da Sá Ferreira (Sá Ferreira Street Band), Banda da Santa Clara (Santa Clara Street Band), Cordão do Bola Preta (Black Spot “Cordão”), Bloco Suvaco de Cristo (Christ´s Underarm), etc.