Rio Plans for More Blocos During 2018 Carnival, with More Regulation

This year, blocos that gather more than 200,000 people, the so-called megablocos, will not be allowed in the areas of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Officials in Rio have announced yesterday (Thursday, January 11th) that there will be 28 new blocos authorized this year for Carnival. In total, 464 blocos will be approved, with 600 parades (some happen multiple times).

The number is slightly higher than the number of groups that had authorization in 2017, when 451 blocos were approved and held 578 parades.

However, the number of blocos that actually happen is much greater, as many happen without gaining the city's authorization. The Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?