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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Official Carnival dates this year are Friday, February 13th through Tuesday, February 17th, but in Rio the famous bloco street party-parades are already in full form. Of the 456 licensed blocos in the city, 111 are happening this weekend drawling all that are near into the revelry.

Traditional groups like Simpatia É Quase Amor and Céu Na Terra parade today (Saturday) and tomorrow the Bloco da Preta, which previously took place on Rio Branco Avenue in Centro, will happen for the first time on Avenida Presidente Vargas.

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