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By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday January 8th, hundreds of people gathered in Rio de Janeiro’s downtown Centro area to join in with the first Carnival 2017 festivities. Crowds gathered in Praça XV from late afternoon to join in with the first bloco parties of 2017.

Desliga dos Blocos, a Carnival collective made up of a collaboration of more than thirty blocos, organized Sunday’s events in Centro. More than ten participating bloco groups joined in for the unofficial Carnival warm-up party, and celebrations stretched from Praça XV to Praça . . .

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