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Carnival in Rio: Beats, Blocos and Beaches
Snaking our way through the crowds, you can literally absorb the energy coming off of the dancing, singing and smiling faces.
Our first introduction to a Bloco, (unofficial street parties that pop up throughout the streets during the week long celebration of Carnival), was a small slice of the fun spirited culture that awaited us.
Moving past hordes of people drinking and dancing into the sunset, you never know who you will pass by. Men and women ditch their suits and upper class roots to dawn wigs, brightly colored costumes and cans of beer. Blending in with the soul of the country, following the samba through the streets.
These Blocos are a great leveler for a city that is notorious for its unbalanced social economic class structure. On these fantastical days of summer, there are only high spirited individuals coming together to celebrate their love of life and their culture.