By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The Cidade Maravilhosa is in high energy today with the bulk of the authorized blocos happening today. The highlight event is the Cordão da Bola Preta, which will take place on Avenida Rio Branco in Centro at 9AM and will commemorate 96 years of parading. A reported 1.8 million people attended the 2013 Cordão do Bola Preta bloco street parade in Centro, photo by André Lobo/Riotur. According to RioTur, Rio’s tourism board, Bola Preta is expected to attract over 1.5 million revelers. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love and Revelry, all for a Thousand Wonders of Rio.” Famous singer Neguinho from Beija-Flor will perform with a band of thirty-four musicians and also sing “Happy Birthday” to Rio which will be mark 449 years today. To help make today’s multitude of blocos easier to digest, find and plan for, here is a list by location and time: Centro Céu na Terra Time: 8AM Location: Largo dos Guimarães, Santa Teresa Multibloco Time: 9AM Location: Av. Henrique Valadares, 17, Lapa Maravilhas do Porto Time: 12PM Location: Largo São Francisco da Prainha, Saúde Pega Pra Sambar Time: 2PM Location: Rua do Lavradio, at the corner of Rua do Senado, Lapa Cordão do Prata Preta Time: 4PM Location: Praça da Harmonia, Saúde Carioca da Gema Time: 5PM Location: Rua do Lavradio, between Riachuelo and Mém de Sá, Lapa EXALTA REI! Time: 5PM Location: Rua Araújo Porto Alegre and the corner of Av. Graça Aranha (MEC) Zona Sul Dois Pra Lá, Dois Pra Cá Time: 10AM Location: Rua Álvaro Ramos, and the corner of Rua General Góes Monteiro, Botafogo Escangalha! Time: 11AM Location: R. Orsina da Fonseca, Gávea Bloco da Favorita Time: 11AM Location: Avenida Prefeito Mendes de Moraes and the corner of Rua Herbert Moses, São Conrado ULALÁ BALANCÊ Time: 3PM Location: Avenida Atlântica, Posto 6, Copacabana FOGO NA CUECA Time: 3PM Location: Rua Maestro Francisco Braga, Copacabana Bloco do Barbas Time: 4PM Location: Rua Assis Bueno and the corner of Arnaldo Quintela, Botafogo BAMBAS DO CATETE Time: 5PM Location: Praça Fernando Pessoa, Catete O REMÉDIO É O SAMBA Time: 5PM Location: Avenida Atlântica, in front of Xavier da Silveira, Copacabana TOCO-XONA Time: 5PM Location: Praça Jóia Valansi, Botafogo BANDA DE IPANEMA Time: 5:30 PM Location: Rua jangadeiros / Rua Gomes Carneiro, Ipanema Banda da Sá Ferreira Time: 6PM Location: Rua Sá Ferreira and the corner of Av. Atlântica, Copacabana Zona Norte É Pra quem Pop Time: 1PM Location: Praça Lamartine Babo, Tijuca Banda de Madureira Time: 4PM Location: Travessa Almerinda Freitas, Madureira Diversão Brasileira Time: 4PM Location: Praça Comandante Xavier de Brito, Tijuca Blacksambá Time: 5PM Location: Praça Professor Francisco Dáuria, Grajaú Cordão Alegria da Tijuca Time: 6PM Location: Rua Afonso Pena, Tijuca Mulheres de Zeca Time: 6PM Location: Parque Madureira, Madureira Banda Cruzeiro do Sul Time: 6PM Location: Rua Torres Sobrinho, Méier * The Rio Times Daily Update is offered to help keep you up-to-date with major news as it happens. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.