By George Utley, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Free entry, no closing time, and impromptu live music make Rio's street parties, or baixos, a definitive aspect of the city's nightlife. Another feature is taking advantage of the lack of open container laws and enjoying low-cost cans of beer while wondering through the crowds or pitching up to people-watch.
Leo Torquato, of the ministry of Culture, explains: "These parties are an integral part of Carioca culture. We love to share and socialize, and these social centers are really important in such a big city with so . . .