Brazilian Troops Deployed to Brazil

Brazilian President Michel Temer has ordered that 9000 soldiers take to the streets of RIO amid protests and threats of a strike by police officers.  The decree signed by President Temer on February 14 states that soldiers are to be deployed until February 22, just two days before the official start of Carnival.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/brazils-armed-forces-police-rio-amid-security-crisis-45482099

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RIO’s 2017 Pre-Carnival Just Keeps Going

We’re still two weeks away from RIO’s 2017 Carnival, but the party’s already started and it’s not about to stop!  Check out today’s featured article for the breakdown on the 45 blocos sparking fun and celebration all across RIO this weekend.

http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/this-weekends-pre-carnival-blocos-in-rio-de-janeiro/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRioTimes+%28The+Rio+Times%29′

Scenes of Samba carnival with drum group
Scenes of Samba carnival with drum group

2017 Carnival Blocos Have Big Order to Fill

On Friday, RIO city officials published the list of approved blocos (or street parades) for 2017 Carnival celebrations.  Although the city government hopes that tourism associated with the celebrations will provide a much-needed boost to RIO’s economy, the number of approved blocos is down 53 from last year.  That just means the 463 approved blocos will have to really show tourists how to party and get them in a spending mood!

Carnival 2017 Will See 426 Blocos in Rio de Janeiro

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A Very Special Saturday

Tomorrow is no ordinary Saturday.  Tomorrow, January 14th is the first day of ticket sales for RIO’s 2017 Carnival parade at the Sambódromo!  The samba schools’ parade competition is the core of RIO Carnival, so you don’t want to miss the chance to snag a ticket (or two, or three).  The parades will take place on February 26th and 27th.  Read on for more details–and remember to book your guest room at Casa Cool Beans while there’s still time!

Sambódromo Ticket Sales Begin Saturday for Rio’s 2017 Carnival

Crowds watch Rio's samba schools take part in the annual parade competition in the Sambódromo, photo by Ben Tavener. Brazil, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro, Carnival, Carnival 2017