Street party goes to the dogs
Several hundred revelers of both species turned out for the 11th edition of the Blocao. It is the most animal friendly of the nearly 500 "blocos," or raucous 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. They were accompanied by 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. The truck itself was 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."
Critical thinking challenge: Is it cruel to dress up a dog in clothes? Have you ever done it?
Define these words: emanated, jester, contingent
- Posted on February 3, 2013