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By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The Carnival street parties or “Carnaval de Rua” (Street Carnival) are where people from all walks of life come together to celebrate with hundreds of themed parties called "blocos." Varying in theme, location and size, the popular public celebrations are in full swing beginning today.

Perhaps the most well-known and popular bloco taking place in Rio de Janeiro tonight is Bloco das Carmelitas in the bohemian Santa Teresa. This . . .

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