RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One month from today we will be so close to Carnival our teeth will be chattering from the bloco drums passing by, and our feet will be tapping to the familiar sounds of samba songs sung by crowds of summer sun soaked party goers. The formal Carnival dates are Saturday, February 18th through Tuesday, February 21st, but in Rio the party starts much sooner.
In Rio we officially get started on Friday, February 17th after the city mayor hands the key to Rei Momo (king Momo), the lord of Misrule and Revelry, at a ceremony . . .