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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,...
Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Carnival reaches its second official day (Saturday, February 25th) of the 2017 season, Rio de Janeiro will host a full slate of blocos (street parties) spread across the city. Of...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The city of Rio de Janeiro expects to receive approximately 1.1 million tourists in this year's Carnival, according to officials. That is an increase from the one million predicted last...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With more than one hundred blocos and over 800,000 revelers taking over the streets of Rio this past weekend, the city's sanitation department, COMLURB, was faced with the arduous task...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The famous blocos (street parties) may seem like an enigma to travelers new to Rio's Carnival festivities, but with over 450 of these events officially licensed this year, they are...
By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio’s famous pre-Carnival blocos (street parties) erupt once again this weekend, two weeks ahead of the official beginning of the city’s Carnival celebrations. Beginning from 4PM on Friday, February 10th,...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As Carnival approaches the city is bracing for the influx of tourists and the hundreds of blocos that will overrun the streets with celebration. To help increase public safety,...
By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The city government of Rio de Janeiro has approved 462 blocos (street parades) for 2017 Carnival celebrations in the city. The official list of approved blocos was released on Friday,...
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