By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Approximately 74 official street parties known as blocos filled the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, March 1st and one famous bloco, Cordão da Bola Preta, drew a crowd of an estimated 1.3 million revelers in Rio’s Centro (Downtown). There the crowd also celebrated the city’s 449th birthday. An estimated 1.3 million partygoers attended the famous Cordão da Bola Preta bloco in Centro, Rio on Saturday, March 1st, photo by Fernando Maia/Riotur. While many enjoyed the celebrations in Centro, there were also reports that the number of public toilets was insufficient for the sizable crowd. Improvised street tarps were reportedly used, with owners charging R$5 per use. Elsewhere in the city, large crowds gathered for the blocos of Banda da Ipanema and Exalta Rei!, among others. While in the Sambódromo, samba schools paraded for the second night of the Group A competitions. The blocos will continue on Sunday and the following should again help to make Sunday’s bloco schedule a little easier to understand with a list by location and time of some of the best of the day’s offerings in Zona Sul (South Zone): Bangalafumenga Time: 10AM Location: Aterro do Flamengo near the Monumento dos Pracinhas Laranjada Samba Clube Time: 12PM Location: Praça Jardim Laranjeiras Que Merda é Essa?! Time: 2:30 PM Location: Rua Gárcia D’Ávila, Ipanema Folia do Galo Time: 3PM Location:Rua Raul Pompéia, Copacabana Fanfarani Time: 4PM Location: Praça Chaim Weizmann, Botafogo Simpatia é Quase Amor Time: 4PM Location: Praça General Osório, Ipanema Banda da Sá Ferreira Time: 6PM Location: Rua Sá Ferreira, Copacabana For the full schedule of the weekend and more upcoming blocos by day, name and/or region see here. Additionally, read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Updates feature is offered to help keep you up-to-date with important news as it happens. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.