Cool kids on the bloco party
REVELRY took over Rio’s streets on Saturday as Carnival kicked into high gear, while extra police ensured the safety of those participating in the event billed as the Greatest Party on Earth.
A light rain did nothing to dampen the festive spirit, serving more as a refreshing cool-down for bodies worked into a sweat as they danced and gyrated in the numerous ‘‘ blocos’’, or street parties.
The monster of all the blocos, the Bloco Bola Preta, filled the centre of Rio with a motley crowd of up to two million people wearing all manner of garb – or in many cases, little at all.
‘‘ Everybody is mixing here. There are no class differences. None. Everybody is here with the same plan, to have fun,’’ said one young woman sporting Elton Johnstyle yellow sunglasses and a bouffant Afro wig.
Throughout the city, nearly 800,000 tourists were taking part in the extravaganza alongside most of Rio’s population of six million, turning the place into bohemian sprawl buoyed by highdecibel samba music.
The whole nation was letting loose for Carnival.
CARNIVAL CAPERS: revellers party on