Carnival Floats in Samba City Destroyed by Fire; Rio’s Carnival Parade Will Push Thru

By on Feb 8, 2011 in South America, World Comments
Samba City Fire
Aerial View of the Fire
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REUTERS/Ag O Globo/Genilson Araujo

Rio Carnival took a devastating blow after a fire destroyed the warehouses in Samba City, Rio de Janeiro holding many of the extravagant carnival floats and elaborate costumes made for the event on Monday, several international news sites reported.

The people who dedicated their time and effort to make the costumes and floats watched in tears as about 100 firefighters tried to control the fire. Around 8,400 outfits and sets have been devoured by the fire.

“We are heartbroken. Everything was practically ready for the Carnival,” Jorge Castanheira, president of the League of Samba Schools was quoted saying.

“Do you know what it feels like to work all day, into the night, to make this happen, and then this? It’s over. There’s nothing. This Carnival is over for us.” Graziela Goncalves Carvalho, a seamstress with Uniao da Ilha do Governador, was quoted saying.

According to reports, the 4-storey warehouses were heavily damaged. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Officials said that the Carnival parade will push thru as usual on March 5 – 8, despite the losses due to the fire.



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