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Floating moon-themed parade kicks off Venice Carnival

People watch a water parade marking the beginning of carnival season, along the Rio di Cannaregio canal in Venice, Italy, February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – Venice kicked off its annual Carnival festivities on Saturday with a floating, night-time parade down the Rio di Cannaregio, one of the city’s famed canals, starting more than two weeks of celebrations that draw flocks of masked revelers. Spectators lined the canal as elaborately decorated boats, accompanied by music, made their way down the waterway. The celebrations that precede the period…

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Giant Trump, Putin caricatures to parade at Nice Carnival

NICE (Reuters) – Caricatures of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will join Charlie Chaplin and Harvey Weinstein when the Nice Carnival lights up the Cote d’Azur this month. Figures of Rusian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and French President Emmanuel Macron are seen during preparations for the carnival parade in Nice, France, February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard The carnival, held in the Mediterranean city since 1873, runs from Feb. 16 until March 2 this…

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Bulgaria’s Pernik scares off evil spirits with colorful carnival

A man dressed in a costume made of animal fur dances during the International Festival of the Masquarade Games in Pernik, Bulgaria, January 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov PERNIK, Bulgaria (Reuters) – Masked revelers in colorful hand-made costumes thronged the streets of Pernik in Bulgaria on Sunday, warding off evil spirits and celebrating the beginning of spring with hopes for good health and a good harvest. The pulsating Surva carnival – the oldest festival of masquerade games in the Balkan country, this year features a record 7,500 Kukeri (mummers) from nine…

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Notting Hill Carnival drums fall silent for Grenfell Tower fire victims

LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of revelers attending London’s annual Notting Hill Carnival fell silent for 72 seconds on Monday to honor the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire last year. Revellers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls Musicians dressed in vibrant colors set down their instruments in a mark of respect and sound systems that had been booming out Caribbean and other music were briefly turned off. Slideshow (20 Images) The fire, Britain’s deadliest on domestic premises since World War Two, swept…

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Notting Hill Carnival 2018: Rain, rum and reggae

Image caption Carnival-goers are united by the simple joy of partying hard A performer checks there’s not a feather out of place on her glittering green headpiece. Someone shrieks in horrified delight as his pal flicks body paint into the air, spraying others with the slick, slimy orange liquid. A child reaches out her sequinned hand to deftly swipe a morsel of glistening, syrupy jerk chicken from the polystyrene carton her mother is holding. And all the while, a reggae beat so loud you can feel it in your chest…

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Notting Hill Carnival: Silence held for Grenfell victims

Image caption Firefighters were among those who observed the 72-second silence at the carnival Music and dancing came to a stop at the Notting Hill Carnival to remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. A 72-second silence was held at the west London event at 15:00 BST as a tribute to the people who died at the block, which is close to the parade. Some people wore green to remember those who died during the blaze. Police have again imposed a Section 60 order giving them extra stop-and-search powers…

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Notting Hill Carnival crowds defy London rain for annual celebration

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s famous Notting Hill Carnival transformed the streets into a sea of color and sound on Sunday as revelers joined one of Europe’s largest open-air parties in their thousands despite heavy rain in the British capital. Revellers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls The carnival featured steel bands, dance troupes and elaborate floats, with many among the crowds hurling paint and colored powder at each other while dancing on the city’s streets. A celebration of Afro-Caribbean community, the…

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Extra police powers as the Notting Hill Carnival begins

Image copyright AFP Image caption One million people are expected to attend the Carnival during the two-day event Extra stop-and-search powers have been granted to police as the Notting Hill Carnival got under way in west London. Scotland Yard imposed the Section 60 order from 09:00 BST until midnight following “incidents of violence… across the city over the last week”. Over two days there were five separate shootings while a man was fatally stabbed in Deptford on Saturday night. One million people are expected at the Carnival over the weekend…

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Notting Hill Carnival: Meet Ebony Steelband and their 100 members

Panorama is a steel band competition that is held at Notting Hill Carnival. Ebony Steelband and their more than 100 members will be competing in it this Saturday with the hopes of getting their 23rd win. Newsbeat met with 21-year-old Amy McAllister who told us why being a part of Ebony is important for her. Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – if you miss us you can listen back here. Source link

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Notting Hill Carnival: ‘Family’ where music is thicker than blood

Marlon Hibbert grew up in care in south-east London and never truly felt part of a family, until he established one of his own. When he was aged 17 that family came in setting up a steel band group, the Endurance Steel Orchestra. They now perform all over the UK and will be competing in the Panorama at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. Source link

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