Rio Carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Mar 2, 2017

Rio Carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival crowned a champion of its elite samba school parade on Wednesday, capping festivities marred by two accidents that injured more than 30 people. By winning the Carnival’s headline event, the Portela samba school ended a 33-year losing streak, nabbing the ...

Oldest Rio party kicks off as Carnival hits full stride in Brazil

Feb 26, 2017

Oldest Rio party kicks off as Carnival hits full stride in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro’s famed Carnival bacchanalia hit full stride on Saturday as hundreds of thousands roared into the streets for one of the city’s oldest and by far its biggest “bloco” street party, the Bola Preta. The Bola Preta, or “Black Ball,” gathering routinely ...

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 ...