Rio Carnival in Brazil attracts 1 million on Day 2

Published on : Sunday, February 7, 2016

RIO CARNIVALDespite economic distress and Zika virus threats, Brazil is celebrating five-day Rio Carnival with joy and enthusiasm.

 

The parade at the Sambadrome was packed and “blocos” or street parties filled the city streets with music.

 

On Friday evening, the first parade of the Carnival started with giant floats decorated with the Egyptian God Anubis or with threatening archers towering above legions of dancers.

 

On Saturday, around 1 million people lined the streets for the classical Cordao do Bola Preta, the city’s oldest bloco, along its traditional route through town.

 

Thousands also gathered for one of the most traditional blocos, the Banda de Ipanema, which meandered its way through the streets of one of Rio’s most well-heeled neighborhoods.

 

While Zika virus threats appeared not to have dampened the festive atmosphere, the municipal government did advise revellers against kissing each other for fear of spreading the virus.

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