Spanta Neném, one of the top blocos (Carnival groups) in Rio's busy pre-Carnival, is starting the 2012/2013 season with Primavera do Spanta, a party at the Flamengo's rowing headquarters by Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas tonight.
The bloco will have their 2013 parade at Lagoa on Jan.26, two weeks before the start of Carnival on Saturday, Feb.9, 2012.
Parties are paid (R$100), but it costs nothing to join the parade with Spanta (whose name, with a carioca's way of pronouncing S not followed by a vowel, sounds like sh-PUN-ta). Kids can come along with the grown-ups, but they have their own bloco - Spantinha - also with its main pre-Carnival event on Jan.26.
Read more about Rio de Janeiro Carnival, including free street Carnival with the city's top blocos.
Photo: Spanta Neném parade. Fernando Maia/Riotur.