Opinion, by Steve Spencer

RIO DE JANEIRO - Mid-summer Rio de Janeiro. Time for Carnival and, with it, the ever more ubiquitous “blocos" or block parties. Well over 100 are officially scheduled this year, and for sure these ain’t the pot luck, meet-‘n’-greet-the-neighbors events that can occur in Anytown, USA.

Rather, in keeping with the Carioca spirit and the Carnival, blocos are joyous, raucous, get down and boogie (i.e. samba) affairs with names that can reflect pride of place, but more often than not are irreverent, ironic, pun-laden or just plain profane. A . . .

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