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Party gets started in Rio after fire drama

Published 07/03/2011 | 05:00

Brazilian comedian Sabrina Sato performing during the parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday as one of the world’s biggest carnivals went ahead
despite fears it would be cancelled after a a fire destroyed thousands of costumes last month. PHOTO: AP /ANDRE PENNER
Brazilian comedian Sabrina Sato performing during the parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday as one of the world’s biggest carnivals went ahead despite fears it would be cancelled after a a fire destroyed thousands of costumes last month. PHOTO: AP /ANDRE PENNER

THE Rio Carnival in Brazil, one of the world's most spectacular shows, got under way yesterday, just weeks after a devastating fire almost forced its cancellation.

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A fire in early February ripped through warehouses in Rio De Janeiro where three elite samba groups were preparing for the carnival, incinerating more than 8,000 of the feather and glitter costumes as well as many of the massive, meticulously decorated floats.

However, the blaze did not stop the show, and the two nights of lavish parades in Rio's Sambadrome stadium went ahead as planned, watched by millions in Brazil and abroad.

Irish Independent

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