Rio turns to samba to swat away gatecrashing Zika fears

Feb 8, 2016

Rio turns to samba to swat away gatecrashing Zika fears

Swatting aside fears over the Zika virus, the glittering dancers of the Rio Carnival samba championship began the first of their all-night parades Sunday in front of adoring fans. After a fortnight of street parties, thousands of gallons of beer, and the day and ...

Police ask Venice carnival-goers to lift masks for security

Feb 1, 2016

Police ask Venice carnival-goers to lift masks for security

Carnival-goers in Venice are being asked by police to momentarily lift their masks as part of new anti-terrorism measures for the annual festivities. Police are also examining backpacks and bags and using metal-detecting wands before revelers are allowed into St. Mark’s Square, the heart ...

Notting Hill kicks off carnival of color

Aug 31, 2015

Notting Hill kicks off carnival of color

London’s Notting Hill Carnival kicked off with a riot of color despite gray skies on Sunday, in a celebration of Caribbean culture reputed as Europe’s biggest street party. Performers on stilts and wearing bright pink wigs, and dancers in feathered headdresses and rainbow outfits ...

Feb 18, 2015

Trio electrocuted when Rio Carnival float hits power line

Three Brazilian revelers were electrocuted early Tuesday while standing atop a Carnival float that hit a power line, officials said. In an emailed statement, the Light power company confirmed the deaths that happened during a Carnival celebration in Nova Iguacu, a hardscrabble city of ...

At least 18 electrocuted in Haiti Carnival float accident

Feb 18, 2015

At least 18 electrocuted in Haiti Carnival float accident

At least 18 people on a packed Carnival float in the Haitian capital were killed Tuesday when they were electrocuted by a power line. The accident occurred as thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince for the raucous annual celebration. People at ...

Carnival shooting outside Rio leaves 10 wounded

Feb 16, 2015

Carnival shooting outside Rio leaves 10 wounded

Ten people were hurt when a man fired shots during carnival celebrations in the tourist magnet of Paraty, west of Rio, Brazil’s CBN radio reported Sunday. Locals were enjoying the festivities far from the hubbub of the huge celebrations in Rio when a man ...

German city cancels parade over 'Islamist attack' threat

Feb 16, 2015

German city cancels parade over 'Islamist attack' threat

The German city of Braunschweig canceled a planned carnival procession Sunday because of a “specific threat of an Islamist attack,” police said. The event, which was to begin at 1120 GMT, was called off two hours earlier following a tip by “reliable state security ...