By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While the Carnival holiday officially ended on February 10th, the street parties known as blocos continued through the weekend, with popular Monobloco helping to close out the celebrations on Sunday, February 14th. This followed the closing night of the 2016 Carnival competition at the Sambódromo on Saturday, February 13th, whereby the top six schools returned for the Champions Parade, including winning school Mangueira.
There were 505 blocos licensed in Rio for the 2016 Carnival, and according to Riotur, the city's tourism department, an estimated 350,000 people joined . . .