Latest Carnivals News

Business brings taste of the fair to Montgomery year-round

Apr. 30, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The sights, sounds and tastes of fall fairs and carnivals may still be a season or two away, but, thanks to one unique eatery in Montgomery, you can satisfy your cravings for fair-food any time of the year. Queenz Carnival Stop, which has been operating out...

Latin American nations ease restrictions as COVID cases drop

Apr. 27, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians will soon be going to movie theaters without having to wear face masks. Chile opens its borders next week for the first time in two years. Mexico's president has declared the pandemic over. And in Rio de Janeiro, tens of thousands attended Carnival parades just...

Rio's Carnival parade returns after long pandemic hiatus

Apr. 23, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Colorful floats and flamboyant dancers are delighting tens of thousands jammed into Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sambadrome, putting on a delayed Carnival celebration after the pandemic halted the dazzling displays. Rio de Janeiro’s top samba schools began...

Rio's dazzling Carnival parade resumes after pandemic hiatus

Apr. 22, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s top samba schools began putting on their delayed Carnival parades late Friday, the first after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19-pandemic. The schools colorful floats and flamboyant dancers began entering the Sambadrome grounds to...

Rio's Carnival parade is back, as street bands ache to party

Apr. 20, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes on Wednesday ceremonially handed control of the city to King Momo, a ritual representing the upheaval of the status quo -- but it remains to be seen how much post-pandemic partying is in store during the first Carnival in two years. ...

Little-known 1922 rule bans jazz in New Orleans schools

Mar. 24, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The school board in the city where jazz took root is preparing to undo a little-known 1922 rule that bans jazz music and dancing in public schools. Officials tell The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that the policy has racist origins, as its creators...

SC mother seeks answers on her daughter's New Orleans death

Mar. 03, 2022 18:25 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A South Carolina mother has traveled to New Orleans hoping to learn more about the death of her daughter, a college senior who was dropped off at a hospital by an unidentified driver after she attended suburban Carnival parades. Police have released few details...

Folk, harlequins part of Venezuela's German town carnival

Feb. 28, 2022 12:01 PM EST

COLONIA TOVAR, Venezuela (AP) — Under the visible threat of rain, dozens of children and adults are dancing to Alpine folk music as they move through the hilly streets of this small community tucked in a mountain range. Their predominantly bright-red harlequin costumes contrast against the...

In Rio de Janeiro, dog owners defy ban on Carnival parties

Feb. 27, 2022 17:17 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of dogs and their owners in Rio de Janeiro challenged a city ban on street parties and gathered for their annual Carnival parade Sunday. Dressed to the nines, the dogs participated in the traditional costume contest inside a private club in the Recreio...

In Rio, even a ban can't keep revelers from Carnival streets

Feb. 26, 2022 14:53 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The pandemic may have disrupted Carnival plans in Rio de Janeiro for a second straight year, but revelers who have flocked to the Brazilian city for sun, sea and samba still found ways to party on Saturday. Thousands defied an official ban on street parties by...