RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – The glittering revelry of Rio de Janeiro’s carnival descended into mayhem again on Tuesday (Feb 28) when a freak accident struck a float for the second time in two nights.
Twelve people were injured when the top level of an elaborate three-storey float collapsed under the weight of the brightly costumed dancers atop it, crashing onto the crowded platform below.
Police and firefighters rushed to evacuate scantily clad victims from the packed Sambadrome, the elongated stadium that hosts the carnival’s headline event: the elite samba school championship parade.
It has been a rough year for Rio’s legendary carnival. Another float swerved into the crowd and injured 20 people late on Sunday, on the championship’s opening night.
But in both cases organisers decided the show must go on.
Tuesday’s accident occurred around 3am, as members of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school strutted…
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