By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The Carnival street parties or “Carnaval de Rua” (Street Carnival) are where people from all walks of life come together to celebrate with hundreds of themed parties called “blocos.” Varying in theme, location and size, the popular public celebrations are in full swing beginning today. A giant puppet leads the way at Bloco das Carmelitas, photo by Publius Vergilius/Riotur. Perhaps the most well-known and popular bloco taking place in Rio de Janeiro tonight is Bloco das Carmelitas in the bohemian Santa Teresa. This traditional bloco takes over the streets of this hilltop neighborhood twice during Carnival, and is scheduled to take place again this Tuesday, March 4th. This parade pays homage to the popular legend of a nun who fled a Carmelite convent to participate in Rio’s Carnival parade with a giant puppet. Friday’s street party begins on Rua Almirante Alexandrino in front of CEAT (Centro Educacional Anisio Texeira) at 3PM. Below is a guide of other blocos happening across Centro (Downtown), Zonal Sul (South Zone) and Zona Norte (North Zone) with location and times: Centro: Bloco dos Aposentados Location: Rua Primeiro de Março, at the corner of Teófilo Otoni, Centro Time: 5PM Rival Sem Rival Location: Rua Álvaro Alvim, in front of theater Rival, Centro Time: 6PM Escorrega na Baba do Quiabo Location: Buraco do Lume, Centro Time: 6PM Boca Que Fala Location: Palácio Gustavo Capanema, Centro Time: 6:30 PM Embaixadores da Folia Location: Buraco do Lume (Nilo Pecanha/Graca Aranha), Centro Time: 7PM Vestiu Uma Camisa Listrada e Saiu Por Aí Location: Rua Miguel Couto, between a Presidente Vargas and Marechal Floriano, Centro Time: 7PM Molha o Pé das Oito Location: Rua Rodrigo Silva, Centro Time: 8PM Boêmios da Lapa Location: Praça Cardeal Câmara, Lapa Time: 9PM Escorrega Mas Não Cai Location: Largo São Francisco da Prainha, Saúde Time: 9PM Zona Sul: Bloco da Rádio Beat 98 Location: Rua do Russel, 434, Glória Time: 7PM Banda do Lido Location: Rua Ronald de Carvalho, Copacabana Time: 7PM Bloco Virtual Location: Avenida Atlântica, in front of Rua Padre Antonio Vieira, Leme Time: 7PM Rola Preguiçosa – Tarda Mas Não Fala Location: Epitácio Pessoa with Maria Quitéria, Ipanema Time: 8PM Zona Norte: Pipoca e Guaraná Location: Rua Martins Pena, between Rua Afonso Pena and Campos Sales, Tijuca Time: 10AM Os Cata Latas do Grajaú Location: Praça Nobel, Rua Sá Viana, Grajaú Time: 6PM Eu Sou Eu, Jacaré É Bicho D´Água Location Rua Visconde de Abaeté and Torres Homem, Vila Isabel Time: 8PM Banda Cultural do Jiló Location: Rua Pinto de Figueiredo, 26, Tijuca Time: 8PM Boêmios do Méier Location: Calçadão da Dias da Cruz, Méier Time: 8PM Monarca do Irajá Location: Estrada da Água Grande, Irajá Time: 8PM * The Rio Times Daily Update is a new feature we are offering to help keep you up-to-date with major news as it happens. One Response to "Carnival 2014 Blocos for Friday, Feb 28th: Daily" Pingback: Read Local - The Gazelle Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.