Rio Blocos Put Flowerbeds at Risk: Daily

By Nicole Froio, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The blocos (street samba parties) are a main attraction during Carnival season in Rio de Janeiro, but they can leave behind incredible amounts of dirt, trash and carnage. Every year, there is one particular victim that suffers after a bloco finished its festivities; the flowerbeds in Ipanema.

 2012 Banda de Ipanema, Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News

The 2012 Banda de Ipanema brings masses to Avenida Vieira Souto, photo by Thiago Maia/Riotur.

In their inebriated, fun-filled stupor the party-goers forget (or don’t know) that the flowerbeds are nurtured and looked after by residents and public attendants all year long. As a result the plants are usually stomped on and destroyed, not to mention turned into trash bins and toilets.

This year, the Rio government is surrounding the flower beds next to the buildings on Avenida Vieira Souto (Vieira Souto Avenue). However, the main twenty little gardens spotting the median along the beach-side roadway have been left without any protection.

Riotur has promised they will be put behind protecting fences by 5:30 PM today, before the Banda de Ipanema performance. Until last night, nothing had been done to achieve this goal.

Residents are worried about the main beds in Ipanema with reason, as they only just restored them to health since last year’s Carnival. Efforts to save the plants were made by the Rio government and the car dealership Serttel/Samba, in partnership with Itaú Unibanco.

Jaime Monjardim, president of the Comercial Association of Ipanema and Leblon, told O Globo he thinks the plants get a death sentence every year because of Carnival.

He said: “Last year, after the blocos went by, eighty percent of the flower beds were destroyed. We made great efforts to restore them. Now, the city council is letting forty blocos perform here. Even with the fences, we can’t contain this many people.”

According to Riotur’s website, there are only fifteen blocos scheduled to perform in Ipanema. In Leblon, the flowerbeds should be fenced and ready to go by February 1st according to authorities.

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One Response to "Rio Blocos Put Flowerbeds at Risk: Daily"

  1. Rich  January 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Its true, only those poor folks on Vieria Souto should have their property protected. The rest of the residents should fend for themselves. Brilliant

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