How to ‘Bloco’ in Rio de Janeiro’s 2019 Carnival

Although the Carnival holiday officially starts on Friday, March 1st and runs until Saturday, March 9th, Carnival season is well underway, with ‘blocos’ (Carnival street parties) appearing throughout the city from Saturday, February 16th onward.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Cidade Maravilhosa is gearing up for the most important date in its calendar, its world-famous Carnival. With expected revenues of R$6 billion and over 1 million tourists arriving from around the world for the biggest party on the planet, the city has sanctioned 509 official ‘blocos’ (Carnival street parties) for this year’s festivities. Here is a guide on how to ‘bloco’ - for first timers and those returning to the fray once again.

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