Street parties are not restricted to the week of Rio Carnival. The parties can happen both before and after the traditional festival. Banda de Ipanema holds their first street party well before Rio Carnival begins. Banda de Ipanema was actually formed in 1965 and officially declared part of the cultural heritage of the city in 2004. Banda de Ipanema holds three street parties. Their first is the Saturday two weeks before the beginning of the Carnival. The other two are held on Saturday and Tuesday during the Carnival week. The Banda first gathers at Praca General Osorio and then marches down Av. Vieira Souto to Rua Visconde de Piraja and back to Praca General Osorio. Most of the Banda members begin to gather around 4 pm and they start playing their anthem Cidade Maravilhosa at 6pm.
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