By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Thousands of partygoers paraded throughout Rio de Janeiro yesterday filling the city with music, colorful costumes and revelry as they joined in on the Carnaval fixture of street parties known as blocos.

In Ipanema, one of the most traditional Zona Sul (South Zone) blocos, Banda de Ipanema, celebrated their 50th anniversary with approximately five thousand people in attendance.

The festivities began on Saturday at Ipanema's Praça General Osório. There, one banner for the bloco stated; "Banda de Ipanema, all party - 50 years of democracy in the streets . . .

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