Saturday, February 9, 2013

Carnival 2013: Brazil party's subdued start in Rio -- BBC News

Brazil Carnival 2013 (Reuters photo)
8 February 2013
Carnival 2013: Brazil party's subdued start in Rio
Brazil's annual carnival has kicked off, but the parades and street parties have a sombre tinge coming after a nightclub fire that killed 238 people. Mourning rituals continued as the mayor of Rio de Janeiro handed over the keys of the city to carnival ceremonial figurehead King Momo. President Dilma Rousseff attended a memorial Mass for the fire victims at Brasilia's cathedral on Thursday night. She is not taking part in the five-day party, spending it in Bahia state. More than 60 casualties of the inferno remain in hospital, and many cities - particularly near the southern city of Santa Maria where the fire happened - have scaled down their festivities as a result. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-21392032


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