By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It may still be two weeks until the biggest party on the planet, but cariocas and gringos alike are already getting well into the Carnival spirit, with tons of pre-Carnival ‘blocos’ (Carnival street parties) popping up all throughout the month. Here are five of the best pre-Carnival blocos this weekend.

This Friday, February 15th is the night for ‘Bloco da Silva’ at Rio’s legendary Fundição Progresso cultural center and concert venue in

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