First Official Weekend of 2017 Carnival Blocos Kicks Off in Rio

Rio de Janeiro welcomes its first Carnival blocos for 2017 this weekend, with sixteen official celebrations happening across the city.

By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With three weeks to go before Carnival 2017, official celebrations are finally kicking off in Rio this weekend. Sixteen blocos are due to take place between Friday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 5th, plus a number of unofficial blocos, as the city gets into the rhythm of Carnival celebrations.

Although blocos and rehearsals have been taking place across Rio in recent weeks, this weekend marks the beginning of official blocos . . .

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