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 ...

American youth seriously gored by bull during Spanish Carnival

Feb 16, 2015

American youth seriously gored by bull during Spanish Carnival

An American youth is recovering in the intensive-care unit of a hospital in western Salamanca after being savagely gored during a bullfighting festival celebrating Carnival, officials said Sunday. Surgeon Enrique Crespo said he was called to operate on 20-year-old Benjamin Miller from Georgia, who ...

Sequins, feathers banished as Brazilian revelers get dirty at mud party

Feb 15, 2015

Sequins, feathers banished as Brazilian revelers get dirty at mud party

Forget the sexy nurses, the pirates and devils. At the “Bloco da Lama” Carnival street party, swamp creature is the costume of choice. Revelers in the seaside colonial town of Paraty on Saturday threw themselves into deposits of black, mineral-rich slime, emerging covered head-to-toe ...

Asakusa gets ready to party Brazilian style

Aug 29, 2013

Asakusa gets ready to party Brazilian style

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Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood is one of the capital’s top tourist destinations. Sensoji Temple and the shopping arcade nearby offer visitors a glimpse into traditional Japan. This coming weekend, though, the area will be full of Brazilian energy and the passionate rhythm and music of ...