Party gets started in Rio after fire drama
Published 07/03/2011 | 05:00
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.
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.