Between slopes and dozens of tourist spots, discover the perfect meeting between traditional and university carnival in the historic city of Minas Gerais

In addition to being a true open-air museum due to its incomparable architectural ensemble and the history it presents on its famous slopes, Black gold It also has another tradition that attracts thousands of tourists every year: Carnival.

Revelers from all over the Brazil and the world visit the historic city to have fun in different styles of blocks - university and traditional, shows and parties, in addition to having the opportunity to know the wealth of museums and churches of the 18th century and Minas Gerais cuisine.

In 2019, the theme chosen for the Carnival in Ouro Preto was “Damas do Samba”, recognizing the women who are a reference in the conception of the Ouro-Pretano party. Representatives of the trajectory of carnival in the city: Dona Fiíca (seamstress) Naé (carnival), Dona Maria (composer) and Dona Nice (flag bearer) will be honored in a show, on Sunday (3/03).

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The university atmosphere invades the historic city during Carnival. Thanks mainly to the students of the Federal University of Ouro Preto: there are more than 300 republics and, some of them, organize the popular carnival blocks. In the past, the processions of the university blocks passed through the slopes of Black gold, however, grew and became professional events that reach up to eight thousand revelers a day and, in recent years, are held in the Revelry Space.

Some republics offer packages to tourists with open bar, food, accommodation and abadás to participate in partner blocks. In addition, from Friday (1/03) to Ash Wednesday (6/03) they promote indoor themed parties in the afternoon and evening, with lots of beer and fun.

already the traditional blocks of the carnival of Ouro Preto are organized by distinguished citizens and residents, including the oldest carnival group in Brazil, the Zé Pereira from Clube dos Lacaios, founded in 1867.

Children also have a guaranteed place in the city's revelry, with processions from the Bandalheira Mirim, Zé Pereira Mirim and Charanga de Lata Mirim groups, as well as a leisure and play area at Praça Tiradentes, on Carnival Sunday.

Blocks at Carnival 2019 in Ouro Preto


Photo Renato Cobucci / Imprensa-MG

traditional blocks

Zé Pereira block of the Club dos Lacaios
From 1/03 (Friday) to 5/03 (Tuesday)
With 152 years of history, the oldest block in Brazil takes to the streets playing the classic marchinhas for thousands of revelers. The Zé Pereira dos Lacaios parade features giant dolls and its members wear tailcoats, lanterns and top hats.
Concentration: Headquarters (Rua Santa Efigênia, Antônio Dias), at 20h. Free.

Bandalheira Block
From 3/03 (Sunday) to 5/03 (Tuesday)
With a somewhat unusual look – white shirt, black pants, a potty on their head and a roll of toilet paper on their waist – the members of Bloco Bandalheira have their traditional carnival party for adults, on Sundays and Tuesdays. On Monday (03/4) it's Bandalheira Mirim's turn, dedicated to children.
Gathering: Headquarters (Rua Donato da Fonseca, 58, Bairro Rosário), at 12:00. Parade from 3pm. Free.

Pirate Block
3/3 (Sunday) and 5/03 (Tuesday)
University students in República Nau Sem Rumo promise to rock the slopes of Ouro Preto with their traditional drums.  
Concentration: Headquarters (Rua Paraná, 40), time to be confirmed. Free.

Cobra Balance Block
4/03 (Monday)
Founded in 1975 by artists and professors from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, the Balanço da Cobra block brings a traditional and lively carnival to the streets of the historic city. Represented by a giant snake, the revelers stand out with their colorful costumes.
Gathering: Bairro Pilar, at 3 pm. Parade at 4pm. Free.

university blocks

With the increase in revelers in street concentrations, the main university blocks got together to create a league and perform at a fixed location – Espaço Folia (Rua Diogo Vasconcelos, Pilar) – from 2pm to 9pm.

March 2

Coffin Block
The block appeared in 1976, due to the symbolic burial of República Necrotério, when the first coffin was made for the parade. It is considered the most traditional and famous in the carnival of Ouro Preto. The animation of the block in 2019 will be on account of the attractions: Tomate, Yuri Martins, Bhaskar and The Rio Mansion. Tickets can be purchased on the block website: Blocodocaixao.com.br/ and cost R$ 215 (track) and R$ 315 (stateroom), with open bar service.

3dand march

Cabrobro Block
On Sunday, the party is hosted by Bloco Cabrobró, one of the largest university groups in the country. Among the confirmed attractions are: MC WM, Vintage Culture, Gustavo Mota and Pimpo Gama. Tickets are on sale at the Açaí Brasil bar, in Ouro Preto and Mariana, and online at the Bloco's website: Blococabro.com.br/. The track (with open bar) costs R$ 200 and the cabin (with open bar and open food) costs R$ 300.

March 4th

Beach Block
Bloco da Praia was born in 2000 from the union of nine republics located in Praia do Circo. In 2019, the party is hosted by Banda Eva, Cat Dealers, MC Kekel and Evokings. Tickets are on sale at Chilli Beans stores in Belo Horizonte and online at the Bloco's website: Blocodapraia.com.br/ with the VIP (R$ 205), Camarote (R$ 305) and SideStage (R$ 435) options.

March 5th

Plated Block
Closing the carnival at Espaço Folia, Bloco Chapado receives Dennis Intense, Turma do Pagoda and KVSH. At the moment, the production of the event is analyzing the opening of a new batch of sales.

Shows at the Carnival of Ouro Preto 2019


Photo: Disclosure / MG Agency

Four stages will be set up in the Ouro Preto district (Praça Tiradentes, Largo do Cinema, Largo da Alegria and Praça Orlando Trópia). In the districts around the city, five revelry points will have live shows: Cachoeira do Campo, Antônio Pereira, Lavras Novas, Santa Rita de Ouro Preto, Santo Antônio do Salto, and the other six will have ambient sound: Amarantina, Glaura, Chapada, São Bartolomeu, Miguel Burnier and Santo Antônio do Leite. In all, there will be 64 musical performances, in addition to 84 DJ performances. All attractions are free.

March 1st

Opening of Carnival with the delivery of the keys from the city mayor to Corte Momesca – Praça Tiradentes, at 7pm

Instrumental shows – Tiradentes Stages, Alegria and Largo do Cinema, headquarters and district of Cachoeira do Campo, at 8pm

DJs, street dance, funk dance – Hip Hop Space (Rua das Flores), at 8pm

March 2

Tiradentes Stage

The Biggest Masquerade Ball in the World

Scenic and musical performances and mask customization workshops.

Cloth Bone Theater and Circus Group, at 8pm  

Representation of the History of Carnival, at 10pm

Orquestra Redonda Show at 10:30 pm

Other Stages

Instrumental Shows – Alegria Stage, Largo do Cinema, headquarters and districts of Cachoeira do Campo, Lavras Novas, Santa Rita, Santo Antônio do Salto and Antônio Pereira, at 8 pm

DJs, street dance, funk dance – Hip Hop Space (Rua das Flores), at 8pm  

DJs and sound – districts of Glaura, Amarantina, Chapada, São Bartolomeu, Miguel Burnier and Santo Antônio do Leite, at 8pm and 10pm

March 3

Tiradentes Stage

Show Damas do Samba
Instrumental show at 8pm

Show Damas do Samba with singers Lívia Rosa, Erika Curtiss, Silvia Gomes and Giselle Couto, at 10pm

Other Stages

Instrumental shows – Stage Alegria, Largo do Cinema, headquarters and districts of Cachoeira do Campo, Lavras Novas, Santa Rita, Santo Antônio do Salto and Antônio Pereira at 8pm

DJs, street dance, funk dance – Hip Hop Space (Rua das Flores), at 8pm

DJs and sound – districts of Glaura, Amarantina, Chapada, São Bartolomeu, Miguel Burnier and Santo Antônio do Leite, at 8pm and 10pm

City Hall Shows – Alegria Stage, Largo do Cinema, headquarters and districts of Cachoeira do Campo, Lavras Novas, Santa Rita, Santo Antônio do Salto and Antônio Pereira, at 10 pm

March 4th

Tiradentes Stage

Samba School Parades

Other Stages

Instrumental shows – Stage Alegria, Largo do Cinema, headquarters and districts of Cachoeira do Campo, Lavras Novas, Santa Rita, Santo Antônio do Salto and Antônio Pereira, at 8pm

DJs, street dance, funk dance – Hip Hop Space (Rua das Flores), at 8pm

DJs and sound in the districts of Glaura, Amarantina, Chapada, São Bartolomeu, Miguel Burnier and Santo Antônio do Leite, at 8pm and 10pm

City Hall Shows – Alegria Stage, Largo do Cinema, headquarters and districts of Cachoeira do Campo, Lavras Novas, Santa Rita, Santo Antônio do Salto and Antônio Pereira, at 10 pm

March 5th

Tiradentes Stage

Instrumental show at 8pm

City Hall Show at 10pm

Other Stages

Instrumental shows – Stage Alegria, Largo do Cinema, headquarters and districts of Cachoeira do Campo, Lavras Novas, Santa Rita, Santo Antônio do Salto and Antônio Pereira, at 8pm

DJs, street dance, funk dance – Hip Hop Space (Rua das Flores), at 8pm

DJs and sound – districts of Glaura, Amarantina, Chapada, São Bartolomeu, Miguel Burnier and Santo Antônio do Leite, at 8pm and 10pm

City Hall Shows – Alegria Stage, Largo do Cinema, headquarters and districts of Cachoeira do Campo, Lavras Novas, Santa Rita, Santo Antônio do Salto and Antônio Pereira, at 10 pm

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