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Rio revels in 'greatest show on Earth'

More than a million Rio Carnival revelers laid aside bitterness at Brazilian leaders to join wild festivities Saturday in what has been dubbed "the greatest show on Earth." Many participants said they had resolved to forget -- at least until festivities end Tuesday -- about lingering protests over corruption and the cost of hosting the World Cup.

Four killed, 60 injured in Bolivia Carnival parade

Four people were killed and more than 60 injured Saturday when a bridge collapsed onto spectators and marching musicians in the opening Carnival parade in the Oruro highlands. Interior Minister Carlos Romero said three of the dead were musicians from the Poopo band, while the other was walking on the temporary footbridge, which collapsed due to overload. Bolivian President Evo Morales, a band musician in his youth, "has sent his condolences and sympathy, and expressed solidarity with the families of the victims and the people of Oruro as a whole," Romero said.

Rio puts protests on hold for carnival

Revelers in Rio joined a whirl of festivities Saturday as carnival fever took hold, the world's biggest street party putting firmly aside lingering protests over corruption and the cost of hosting the World Cup. With the football extravaganza now just three months away, flamboyantly dressed metropolis residents indicated that, for the moment, they had spent enough time demonstrating -- and wanted to let loose instead.

Tear gas for protesting Carnival cleaners

Brazilian police used tear gas to disperse several hundred Rio Carnival cleaners demanding better pay and conditions, Brazilian media reported Saturday. As revelers prepared for evening parties after more than a million attended a morning parade, the cleaners -- known as garis -- headed for the Sambadrome, the fulcrum of the five days of festivities. Before they could get there, they found military policemen barring the way, Globo's G1 web portal and Agencia do Brasil reported.

Americas News Agenda for March 2

Duty Editor: Veronika Oleksyn Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Sunday: + All eyes on Hollywood for Oscars night + Protests simmer in Venezuela HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood's A-list stars gather for the 86th Academy Awards. As of 0130 GMT Monday, preceded by red carpet arrivals. Picture. Video. Graphic (ENTERTAINMENT-US-FILM-OSCARS)

Americas News Agenda for March 2

Duty Editor: Veronika Oleksyn Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Sunday: + All eyes on Hollywood for Oscars night + Protests simmer in Venezuela HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood's A-list stars gather for the 86th Academy Awards. As of 0130 GMT Monday, preceded by red carpet arrivals. Picture. Video. Graphic (ENTERTAINMENT-US-FILM-OSCARS)

Rio puts protests on hold for carnival

Revelers in Rio joined a whirl of festivities Saturday as carnival fever took hold, with the famous party eclipsing lingering protests over corruption and the cost of hosting the World Cup. With the football extravaganza now just three months away, flamboyantly dressed metropolis residents indicated that, for the moment, they had spent enough time demonstrating -- and wanted to let loose instead.

Rio puts protests on hold for carnival

Revelers in Rio joined a whirl of festivities Saturday as carnival fever took hold, with the famous party eclipsing lingering protests over corruption and the cost of hosting the World Cup. With the football extravaganza now just three months away, flamboyantly dressed metropolis residents indicated that, for the moment, they had spent enough time demonstrating -- and wanted to let loose instead.

King Momo kicks off riotous Rio carnival

Rio plunged into five days of hedonistic revelry Friday as the city's legendary carnival opened, with King Momo taking the keys of the city and declaring joy by decree. Wilson Dias da Costa Neto, a smiling, moonfaced 27-year-old chosen as this year's Momo, swept in by limousine flanked by the carnival queen and two princesses to assume his festive reign. "In the name of the prefecture and as the monarch of the world's largest street festival, I decree joy," Momo beamed.

Rio carnival: facts for the serious samba student

Most of the more than two million revelers at the Rio carnival are simply out to have a good time. But for the city's top samba groups, it's a prime opportunity to put their best foot forward as they chase the honor of being selected Special Group winners. The slightest error can cost them dear before a 40-strong jury. - What's at stake? - The top schools work for months perfecting their parade routine, which must last no longer than 82 minutes.
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