By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although Rio de Janeiro's Carnival blocos (street parties) are not due to officially start until February 4th this year, Circo Voador will launch the 2017 season early. From 10PM on Thursday, January 19th, the concert venue will welcome this year’s Carnival season with a show from eleven of Rio's most famous bloco groups.

The event, ‘Grito de Carnaval dos Blocos da Sebastiana e Zé Pereira’, will see rodas de samba from blocos Suvaco do Cristo, Simpatia É Quase Amor, Quizomba and Ceu na Terra take to Circo . . .

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