Cool kids on the bloco party

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

REV­ELRY took over Rio’s streets on Satur­day as Car­ni­val kicked into high gear, while ex­tra po­lice en­sured the safety of those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event billed as the Great­est Party on Earth.

A light rain did noth­ing to dampen the fes­tive spirit, serv­ing more as a re­fresh­ing cool-down for bod­ies worked into a sweat as they danced and gy­rated in the nu­mer­ous ‘‘ blo­cos’’, or street par­ties.

The mon­ster of all the blo­cos, the Bloco Bola Preta, filled the cen­tre of Rio with a mot­ley crowd of up to two mil­lion peo­ple wear­ing all man­ner of garb – or in many cases, lit­tle at all.

‘‘ Ev­ery­body is mix­ing here. There are no class dif­fer­ences. None. Ev­ery­body is here with the same plan, to have fun,’’ said one young woman sport­ing El­ton John­style yel­low sun­glasses and a bouf­fant Afro wig.

Through­out the city, nearly 800,000 tourists were tak­ing part in the ex­trav­a­ganza along­side most of Rio’s pop­u­la­tion of six mil­lion, turn­ing the place into bo­hemian sprawl buoyed by high­deci­bel samba mu­sic.

The whole nation was let­ting loose for Car­ni­val.

CAR­NI­VAL CA­PERS: rev­ellers party on

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