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Bloco de Trio denotes a particular genre of carnival association in Salvador, Bahia. Blocos de Trio originated during the 1970s, as a mixture of two traditional genres, the Bloco and theTrio Elétrico. In the sense of the term discussed here, Blocos were typically large white middle class carnival associations that became popular in Bahia in the early 1960s, which paraded with matching costumes, often using a rope (corda) to define their space. Trio Eletricos were, at the time, small and independant undertakings in comparison, typically financed through private initiative or advertising. Blocos de Trio originated when the first Blocos began to integrate their own Trio Eletrico vehicles into their parades.

While the first examples for this practice appeared in the early 1970s, the bloco Camaleão, founded 1978, is credited with consolidating the Bloco de Trio concept and developing it into a business model, basically by charging an entrance fee to the area delimited by the rope. The successful introduction of the commercial use of the delimiting rope is thought to have marked the beginning of the current period of heavy commercialization of the Carnaval Baiano. After 7 other Blocos had picked up the idea within just a few years, innovations introduced by the BlocosTraz os Montes and EVA  since 1981, such as  improved sound systems, contracted bands and guest artists as attractions, complementaray support vehicles, etc. all quickly copied by other Blocos, helped to sophisticate the Bloco de Trio concept. Today, one of the few performances in Bahian Carnival to parade without a delimiting rope is the Trio Armandinho Dodô e Osmar.