By William Jones, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The world famous Carnival in Rio has been in full swing for three days and the fourth and final official day of celebrations looks to be once again full of the free public street parties known as blocos. One of the earliest blocos starts at 9AM in Praça Santos Dummont, Gávea, but if you miss that several others open the day’s festivities at 10AM from Santa Teresa to Ipanema.
The Bloco Carmelitas in Santa Teresa is famous and held several times during the Carnival season, this one offers a relatively smaller crowd parading through the windy streets of the bohemian neighborhood.
The bloco of Rio Maracatu will begin 10AM at Avenida Vieira Souto near Posto (Lifeguard stand) 8 in Ipanema, and proceed with an estimated 10,000 others to Posto 9, still relatively small compared to what the day will bring to beachside neighborhood.
Later the bloco of Orquestra Voadora will begin at the Aterro do Flamengo at 5PM, around the same time the massive (an expected 80,000 people) bloco Banda de Ipanema is starting at Ipanema’s Rua Gomes Carneiro around 5:30 PM.
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Bloco das Carmelitas
Location: Rua Almirante Alexandrino, esquina com Rua Aarão Reis, Santa Teresa
Bagunca Meu Coreto
Praca Sao Salvador, Laranjeiras
Banda do Jorge
Location: Largo da Carioca, Centro
Cardosão de Laranjeiras
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: Rua Cardoso Junior, esquina com Rua das Laranjeiras, Laranjeiras
Cheiro na Testa
Location: Largo dos Guimarães, Santa Teresa
A Rocha da Gávea
Location: Praça Santos Dummont, Gávea
Location: Avenida Vieira Souto, em frente ao Posto 8, Ipanema
É Tudo ou Nada
Location: Rua Humaitá, 80, Botafogo
Galinha do Meio-Dia
Location: Av. Atlântica, esquina com Princesa Isabel, Copacabana
Empurra que Pega
Location: Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, esquina com José Linhares, Leblon
Location: Aterro do Flamengo
Location: Parque dos Patins, Lagoa
Meu Bem, Volto Já
Location: Princessa Isabel, Copacabana
Banda de Ipanema
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Rua jangadeiros / Gomes Carneiro, Ipanema
Banda da Sá Ferreira
Location: Rua Sá Ferreira, esquina com Av. Atlântica, Copacabana
Bloco do Buxixo – Pega e Arrocha
Location: Praca Saens, Pena
Mulheres da Vila
Location: Av. 28 de Setembro, esquina com Gonzaga Bastos, Vila Isabel
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