By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The countdown for the biggest event in Rio has already started: in four days time, the city opens the Carnival season, which hopes to attract over 1.5 million tourists this year.

Although the party officially starts this Friday, February 9th, to next Tuesday, February 13th, Rio's eventful "street Carnival" has been on since early January, and plans to take crowds to its diverse blocos until the end of this month.

Carnival was introduced in Rio de Janeiro by the end of the eighteenth century with the "entrudos", public revelries . . .

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