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We have the top three picks for this Sunday, and below is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. CARNIVAL: Batunta (Vila Madalena) – The Carnival bloco Batunta will be parading this Sunday at Vila Madalena. Batunta...
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Some say Carnival is officially over, but the ‘blocos’ (Carnival street parties) don’t seem to have received the message. Though traditionally the festivities end on Ash Wednesday, there are many...
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Carnival has been a very special one for Yorkshire-based jazz group ‘New York Brass Band.’ For the first time in the band’s history they have flown over at the...
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It may still be two weeks until the biggest party on the planet, but cariocas and gringos alike are already getting well into the Carnival spirit, with tons of pre-Carnival...
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since 2014, English expatriate Tom Ashe has been running Favela Brass, an NGO that provides free music lessons to some of Rio’s disadvantaged children. With a new permanent home, an...
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – From Carnival to the World Cup and Olympics, the Cidade Maravilhosa is no stranger to hosting unforgettable events. Now with this year’s famous ‘Reveillon’ (New Year’s Eve) celebrations falling...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The final pre-Carnival weekend began on the streets of Rio at 7AM today, Saturday (February 3rd) with the bloco 'Céu da Terra', which paraded through the bohemian hillside neighborhood of...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Thursday, January 4th, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, announced the release of R$10.3 million for the lower level Access Group samba schools and for the Federation...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As the memories of Rio's 2017 Carnival blocos (street parties) get rinsed away by some days of light rain, Riotur, the government tourism body responsible for approving licenses for blocos,...

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