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 crown ...

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 draws ...

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 of ...

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 800,000 ...

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 the ...

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 had ...

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 ...