Updated on March 2, 2014
Carnival Monday 2014 in Rio de Janeiro has Santa Teresa and Copacabana as some of the best spots, but Leblon, Lapa, Centro and other areas also offer great options. Choose your destination the best you can, enjoy your bloco thoroughly and save some energy for the next day. It's a good thing some blocos go out more than once.
10 a.m. - Corre Atrás, Leblon
Starting Point: Rua Dias Ferreira (in front of Azeitona & Cia
Upbeat Corre Atrás ("Run After It") parades are popular with young people, but welcoming to people of all ages. The bloco is one more reason to love Leblon, one of the best neighborhoods in Rio for the international tourist.
10 a.m. - Volta, Alice, Laranjeiras
Starting Point: Rua Alice
Safe and fun, "Come Back, Alice" is a fantastic way to start Carnival Monday in Rio. The bloco takes over the area known as Baixo Alice. See Volta, Alice on YouTube
10 a.m. - Afroreggae, Centro
Starting Point: Avenida Rio Branco
The bloco of Grupo Cultural Afroreggae, an organization dedicated to fostering social inclusion and justice through art, Afro-Brazilian culture and education. Their huge parade, in Centro this Carnival instead of Ipanema as usual, showcases the high-quality music that has made the band famous in Brazil and abroad.
2 p.m. - Bloco Sem Noção, Lapa
Starting Point: Rua dos Arcos
Their name means "clueless", but that's really just an insider's joke the friends who created the bloco saved from their fun times. The percussion band plays a mean samba and the bloco followed by hundreds is one of the best options in Lapa Carnival.
3 p.m. - Bloco do Sargento Pimenta, Flamengo
Where: Aterro do Flamengo, near Monumento aos Pracinhas
Here's the Beatlemaniac's top pick for Rio street revelry: Sargento Pimenta, or Sgt. Pepper.
4 p.m. - Afoxé Filhos de Gandhi, Copacabana
Starting Point: Posto 6 (Lifeguard Station 6), Copacabana
Founded in 1951, the afoxé (a bloco with Candomblé roots) is just a little newer than Afoxé Filhos de Gandhy, the Salvador organization founded in 1948. Core participants dressed in blue and white Afro-Brazilian attire and the unique music make for a memorable Carnival experience. They will also parade on post-Carnival Saturday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in the Saúde district (starting on Rua Sacadura Cabral) www.facebook.com/GandhiRIO
5 p.m. - Aconteceu, Santa Teresa
Starting Point: Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno
Once you fall in love with Santa Teresa, it's hard to leave. If you're staying at one of the area's charming hotels or guest houses and riding the trolley everyday, have become a regular at Aprazível and Bar do Mineiro and feel right at home at Chácara do Céu, stay around and go out with this friendly neighborhood bloco.
5 p.m. - Bloco de Segunda, Humaitá/Botafogo
Starting Point: Cobal do Humaitá, Rua Marques
Less explored by tourists than Ipanema or Copacabana, Botafogo is full of attractions that deserve attention, and one of them is Bloco de Segunda ("Monday Bloco" or "Second-Rate Bloco"). Consider it a humorous go at full-fledged democracy - poking fun at politics is the bloco's main theme.
5 p.m. - Rancho Flor do Sereno, Copacabana
Where: Av. Atlântica Posto 6, near Rua Júlio de Castilhos
You can thank Bip Bip Bar for this delightful party celebrating the Carnivals of olden days, with lots of marchinhas, a tranquil atmosphere and a nostalgic name ("Dew Flower"). The rancho (pronounced HUN-sho) is an early form of Carnival group which preceded samba schools.
6 p.m. - Banda da Bolívar, Copacabana
Starting Point: Rua Bolívar
Faithfully present on every Carnival day, the bloco is popular with people of all ages and one of the best in Copacabana.
9 p.m. - Cacique de Ramos, Centro
Starting Point: Av. Rio Branco. The parade will go down Avenida Presidente Vargas towards Cinelândia.
One of the great things about the Ramos Chief is that it parades more than once every Carnival. Here they are, on their second Carnival night - and they'll be back, starting from the same spot, on Fat Tuesday.