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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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Black Nazarene: Thousands join annual statue parade in Manila

Image copyright AFP Vast crowds of people have turned out on the streets of Manila in the Philippines for the procession of the Black Nazarene. The annual event sees hundreds of thousands of people trying to catch a glimpse of the historic statue of Jesus of Nazareth. Image copyright AFP Image caption The statue was carved in Mexico and arrived in the Philippines in the 17th Century, surviving a fire on board a ship on the way. It is one of the Philippines’ most revered devotional objects. Image copyright EPA…

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In pictures: London’s New Year’s Day Parade

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Feathers, flags and fun all featured at this year’s event Thousands of people have gathered in central London for the annual New Year’s Day Parade. The event, in its 33rd year, saw more than 8,000 performers entertain flag-waving crowds that lined the route. The event’s communications director Dan Kirkby said it was “a cool and crisp day” but was “invigorating” for the “fantastic crowd of people”. London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said there was “no better place to welcome in the New Year than London”. Image…

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Swansea Christmas parade branded a ‘shambles’

Image copyright South Wales Police Image caption The parade started on Princess Street before finishing half way down The Kingsway A Christmas parade attended by thousands has been branded a “shambles” for having just three floats. Swansea’s annual festive event, which took place on Sunday, promised “dynamic dance-troupes” as well as “spectacular shows and stages”. But roadworks in the city centre saw the parade scaled down, leading to a barrage of criticism on social media. Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart apologised on Facebook and said the parade was not “good…

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In pictures: Mexico City’s Day of the Dead parade

Image copyright AFP A parade was held in Mexico City on Saturday evening to honour the start of the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. It is only the third time a parade like this has been held in Mexico’s capital. It was launched in 2016, inspired by a similar scene set in the city in the James Bond film Spectre. Organisers hoped the parade would serve as a tourist attraction for visitors looking to witness local celebrations. Image copyright Getty Images This year the parade was…

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Liverpool Giants: Crowds back for second day of puppet parade

Image copyright Peter Byrne Image caption The Giants are in Liverpool for their third parade Thousands of people have packed the streets of Liverpool as enormous puppets parade though the city for a second day. Known as The Giants, the over-sized marionettes are back for a third and final time after visits in 2012 and 2014 attracted six-figure audiences. The spectacle has been arranged by French arts company Royal de Luxe. Steph McIntyre, who is attending a wedding nearby, said: “It makes the city come alive.” Image copyright PA Image…

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Iran’s Rouhani fumes at US after Ahvaz parade attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has criticised the US following a deadly attack on a military parade. Gunmen opened fire at Revolutionary Guard troops in the south-western city of Ahvaz on Saturday, in an attack claimed by both an anti-government Arab group, and Islamic State militants. Mr Rouhani said the “bully” US and the Gulf states it backed had enabled the attack. Mr Rouhani will face Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly…

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Rose, McIlroy looking to rain on Tiger’s Tour Championship parade

(Reuters) – Justin Rose knows the overwhelming majority of fans at the Tour Championship on Sunday will be cheering for Tiger Woods, so it might be a blessing that he will not be paired with the American in the final group. Sep 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Justin Rose react on the 16th hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports World number one Rose and Rory McIlroy will both start the final round at East Lake in…

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Deadly gun attack at Iran military parade

Gunmen have opened fire during an Iranian military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, killing several people, state media says. The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms, reports say. Pictures from the scene show wounded soldiers being taken to safety. Iran is marking the anniversary of the beginning of the 1980-88 war with Iraq with several nationwide parades. The shooting lasted for about 10 minutes, but security forces are now in control of the situation, state media says. Ahvaz was among the…

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