As the sun sets behind a church in a hillside Rio de Janeiro square, Rodrigo Correa adjusts his nun's habit and mini-skirt before bounding into a throng of revelers following a booming mobile sound system. It is 6pm and another Carnival "bloco," the neighbourhood street parties that are the lifeblood of Rio's annual feast of hedonism, is getting into its stride. For all the millions of dollars and blanket television coverage invested in the grand parades at Rio's Sambadrome, the beating heart of Carnival remains its free-to-enter blocos, where a Samba band and a jury-rigged sound system are enough to sustain a thousands-strong party for hours.
Carnival is a Western Christian festive season that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent.
A debate with friends on Facebook on Mamata Banerjee has turned into a nightmare for a year-old engineering student in Kolkata. Swatting aside fears over the Zika virus, the glittering dancers of the Rio Carnival samba championship and their adoring fans were primed Sunday for their first all-night parade. World News Reuters Saturday February 6,
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