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Sexual Assaults Weigh Heavy on Cologne's Carnival

22 complaints of sexual assault on 1st day of weeklong celebration

(Newser) - Police received 22 sexual assault complaints Thursday during the first night of Carnival in Cologne, Germany, the BBC reports. According to the AP , that's twice what was reported on the first day of last year's celebration and comes only a month after 1,000 or so "drunk... More »

Haiti Carnival Horror: Electrocution, Death

Revelers on music group's float were killed by power line

(Newser) - Horror in the Haitian capital this morning, where by the AP's count at least 20 people on a music group's packed Carnival float were killed when they were electrocuted by a power line; the BBC puts the death toll at 18, and CNN reports a dozen are confirmed... More »

This Is Brazil's Dirtiest Carnival Party

These people are pretty disgusting, having a blast

(Newser) - Forget the sexy nurses, the pirates, and devils. At the Bloco da Lama Carnival street party, swamp creature is the costume of choice. Revelers in the seaside colonial town of Paraty yesterday threw themselves into deposits of black, mineral-rich slime, emerging covered head-to-toe in the sludge. Bikinis and trunks disappeared... More »

2 Fall Into Shark-Infested Waters on Carnival Cruise

Authorities searching for missing Australian couple

(Newser) - Two Carnival Cruise passengers are believed to have fallen overboard last night, and authorities are today searching 300 square nautical miles off Australia's east coast in hopes of finding them. The Australian couple were discovered missing as passengers disembarked this morning after the Carnival Spirit docked at Sydney's... More »

Carnival Plagued by Another Toilet Problem

Crown Princess suffers clogged toilets

(Newser) - Carnival? Toilet woes? Again? Yes, another ship was beset with toilet problems last week during a seven-day Caribbean cruise, the Houston Chronicle reports. A blockage caused toilets in 410 of the Crown Princess' staterooms—about a quarter of its cabins—to stop flushing, forcing passengers in those rooms to use... More »

Docked Carnival Ship Busts Loose; 1 Missing

Coast Guard searching for Alabama dockworker

(Newser) - Another mishap involving a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, and this one might end up being the most serious of all. Strong winds apparently caused the Triumph to break free from its mooring in Mobile, Alabama, and Coast Guard crews are searching for a dockworker thought to be missing in the... More »

Gross Cruise Is Finally Over

Ship arrives in Mobile, Alabama

(Newser) - After five days smelly days spent disabled at sea, the Carnival Triumph cruise ship has finally docked in Mobile, Alabama, to the delight of passengers who cheered, danced, and sang "Sweet Home Alabama." Hundreds of people awaited the arrival of the biggest cruise ship ever to dock in... More »

Now Gross Cruise Ship Is Delayed

And after passengers finally disembark, they get ... a bus ride!

(Newser) - Carnival's Triumph cruise ship hasn't quite lived up to its name. The disabled vessel, currently being hauled to Mobile, Ala., amid reports of hallway sewage , has had its next 14 trips canceled as the cruise line addresses an array of problems. The cancellations mean no more trips through... More »

Rio Carnival Revelers to Get 3M Free Condoms

City doesn't want an STD festival

(Newser) - It's party time in Rio, and health authorities want the millions of carnival revelers to play it safe. Some three million condoms are being handed out during the five-day festival, along with paper fans bearing catchy anti-STD slogans, CNN reports. Health officials say they are targeting young gay men,... More »

Life on a Stranded Cruise Ship

Spam, Pop-Tarts, and blackjack are standard fare

(Newser) - While tugboats pull a stranded cruise ship to San Diego, its 4,500 passengers are safe, the Wall Street Journal reports—but their experience has been a bit less posh than expected. Here's what their cruise home consists of:
  • They may not get to eat lobster tails, but there’s
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Baby Samba Queen Finishes Last

7-year-old's breakdown knocks group down into 2nd division

(Newser) - The Brazilian samba group that sparked intense controversy by choosing a child as its sexy drum corps queen has finished the Rio de Janeiro carnival in last place. After 7-year-old Julia Lira broke down crying in the heat of the spotlight, Viradouro placed so badly in both the drum corps... More »

Carnival Samba Queen, 7, Breaks Down

Rio spotlight too much for youngest drum corps queen

(Newser) - In the end it wasn't the angry child welfare advocates or the family court judge that hampered seven-year-old samba queen Julia Lira from carrying out her controversial role at the Rio de Janeiro carnival: It was Lira herself. Lira broke down in tears just 10 minutes into last night's parade,... More »

Rio Gets Party Started at Dawn

First full day of Carnival is nothing to mess around with

(Newser) - Carnival's biggest bash took to the streets at dawn today, proving that if there is one thing citizens of Rio de Janeiro take seriously, it's partying. Organizers expected up to 1 million people at the Bola Preta street party, or "bloco"—one of Rio's oldest. Dressed in black... More »

Saints Fans Start Mardi Gras Early

Streets of New Orleans fill with celebrating fans

(Newser) - Music filled the air and Saints fans filled the streets tonight as New Orleans celebrated the hometown team's first Super Bowl victory. Jubilant supporters shook off the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and started Carnival-style revelry a week and a half before Mardi Gras. "You can't describe it. It's so... More »

It's Carnival! (But Crisis Hangover Looms)

Money dries up, but Brazil keeps on partying

(Newser) - Wednesday is the start of Lent, but until then millions are sambaing in the streets of Brazil in the days-long bacchanal known as Carnival. While the celebrations in Rio de Janiero are as big as ever, the economic crisis is taking its toll on the massive party. Corporate sponsorship for... More »

Lindo Maravilhoso! It's Carnival!

Brazil kicks off its epic national celebration

(Newser) - Brazil kicked off its legendary pre-Lenten carnival today, ushering in the five-day weekend that has been dubbed “the best public party on earth,” AFP reports. Revelers took the streets of Brazil’s major cities, but the main event will be the samba competitions in Rio de Janeiro on... More »

Cop Crisis Threatens Carnival

Rio deals with mass police resignations just ahead of festival

(Newser) - A wave of police resignations has hit Rio de Janeiro at the worst possible time, the BBC reports, with Brazil's famous Carnival parades set to begin tomorrow. Forty-three senior officers resigned in protest over the firing of their commander last week; though the city can ill-afford such a crisis, officials... More »

Brazil Govt. Targets Carnival Debauchery

Sex-crazed partygoers get free condoms, morning-after pills

(Newser) - As Brazil prepares to indulge in the 5-day party known as Carnival, the president is spearheading a campaign to get samba-crazed revelers to practice safe sex and drink in moderation. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told Brazilians to have fun in his weekly radio address, AFP reports, but reminded them... More »

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