Rio Carnival goes to dogs at canine street party
Several hundred revelers of both species turned out for the 11th edition of the Blocao, the most animal-friendly of the nearly 500 “blocos,’’ or raucous, heavy-drinking street parties that stop traffic during Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival festivities.
Pet owners in flip-flops and cutoff shorts and T-shirts paraded down Copacabana Beach with packs of pooches sporting smart neckties, pink tutus, jester hats, dashing tuxes fitted with satin capes and a myriad of other get-ups for four-legged partiers.
The crowd shimmied and wagged, sniffed and sambaed as dogs and owners grooved to a thumping soundtrack of traditional Carnival songs that emanated from the sound truck, itself dressed up as a dog, with a giant blowup black terrier attached to the front.
“I don’t usually like blocos for myself, but she’s loving it,’’ said Angelica Nieva, the proud owner of a year-old poodle-Yorkie mix, Belinha, dressed in a flowing white wedding gown and demure veil.
“She’s having the time of her life.’’ AP