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.

Bloco Carmelitas in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
Bloco Carmelitas in Santa Teresa, photo by Walter Mesquita/Riotur.

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
Time: 10AM
Location: Rua Almirante Alexandrino, esquina com Rua Aarão Reis, Santa Teresa

Bagunca Meu Coreto
Time: 11AM
Praca Sao Salvador, Laranjeiras

Banda do Jorge
Time: 11AM
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
Time: 2PM
Location: Largo dos Guimarães, Santa Teresa

Zona Sul
A Rocha da Gávea
Time: 9AM
Location: Praça Santos Dummont, Gávea

Rio Maracatu
Time: 10AM
Location: Avenida Vieira Souto, em frente ao Posto 8, Ipanema

É Tudo ou Nada
Time: 3PM
Location: Rua Humaitá, 80, Botafogo

Galinha do Meio-Dia
Time: 4PM
Location: Av. Atlântica, esquina com Princesa Isabel, Copacabana

Empurra que Pega
Time: 4PM
Location: Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, esquina com José Linhares, Leblon

Orquestra Voadora
Time: 5PM
Location: Aterro do Flamengo

Último Gole
Time: 5PM
Location: Parque dos Patins, Lagoa

Meu Bem, Volto Já
Time: 5PM
Location: Princessa Isabel, Copacabana

Banda de Ipanema
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Rua jangadeiros / Gomes Carneiro, Ipanema

Banda da Sá Ferreira
Time: 6PM
Location: Rua Sá Ferreira, esquina com Av. Atlântica, Copacabana

Zona Norte
Bloco do Buxixo – Pega e Arrocha
Time: 1PM
Location: Praca Saens, Pena

Mulheres da Vila
Time: 4PM
Location: Av. 28 de Setembro, esquina com Gonzaga Bastos, Vila Isabel

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