02/18
Salvador's 5 biggest carnival blocks.

The city of Salvador is known worldwide for hosting the most amazing carnival party in the world, represented several times in the verses of songs, as in the composition of Daniela Mercury, “Baianidade Nagô”. The festivities take place at the end of February, with several lively revelers jumping through the streets of the Barra-Ondina circuit. To liven up the party, they stroll the carnival blocks, with spectacular shows that feature great artists and guarantee the joy of everyone who participates in the party. For tourists who yearn to spend this magical time in the city that is the symbol of carnival, we have prepared a list of the five largest and most traditional blocks in Salvador. Just scroll and check!

 

Bloco do Olodum -

The first one on our list is possibly the one with the most history of Bahia: Olodum. Part of the party for 35 years now, it appeared in a Pelourinho that was very marginalized and discriminated against by a good part of the bahian population. With the rise of the unmistakable sound of its drums, inspired by reggae and the rastafarian movement, it gained immense popularity and helped to recreate the image of Pelourinho, making it be seen as the historical and cultural heritage that it is. Today Olodum goes far beyond just one block: based on the Afro-Brazilian culture, it has become an NGO composed mainly of black people against racism, with the stardom of artists like Michael Jackson, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Xuxa, Ivete Sangalo, Gilberto Gil, Tim Maia, Jorge Ben Jor, Daniela Mercury, Elba Ramalho and Carlinhos Brown.

 

Afoxé Filhos de Gandhi -

Spreading messages of peace through the carnival since 1949, Afoxé Filhos de Gandhi has approximately six thousand men dressed in white turbans and blue accessories that go on the Barra-Ondina circuit year after year, spreading the African culture that is present through the agogô’s rhythm and the Yorubá language. Its structure has a complete infirmary, bar and snack bar and 13 sanitary booths available for use by revelers.

 

Bloco Eva -

The band previously integrated by Ivete Sangalo and Saulo Fernandes performs at the carnival in their own block, to the sound of famous musicians such as Daniela Mercury, Carlinhos Brown and Luís Caldas, in addition to Saulo and Veveta themselves. The group has integrated the party for over 35 years, permeated by great hits such as the band's theme song, “Minha Pequena Eva”, currently sung by the vocalist Felipe Pezzoni.

 

Bloco Camaleão -

 

Bloco Camaleão, formerly the stage for the old band Chiclete com Banana, has been a revelry for over forty years, with the singer Bell Marques as its vocalist. Having the chameleon’s green "beloved paw" as its symbol, it is popularly recognized in the verses of the song "Cara Caramba, Sou Camaleão", and has an excellent structure for the revelers who frequent it: with a vip abadá it is possible to access the open bar (where alcoholic beverages are only served for people over 18 years old), an exclusive toilet and even enjoy the party from a privileged spot, the upper part of the support car!

 

Bloco Timbalada -

Stage of the salvadoran band Timbalada, the group founded by Carlinhos Brown performs at the carnival animating the revelry to the sound of the characteristic timbal, which inspired its name. The trio's structure has an open bar, with vip access that can be purchased by buying vip abadás.