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By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Just weeks remain until the official start of Carnival on Friday, February 28th, however, the free street parties, known as blocos are already in motion. According to officials, of the 538 blocos who applied this year, 466 were authorized, representing five percent decrease from 2013, and no new blocos licensed in Zona Sul (South Zone).

New blocos will be introduced in Zona Norte (North Zone) this year; in Irajá there will be . . .

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