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2006-08-27 12:55:36

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's largest street party got under way on Sunday as festivities began in the narrow streets of London's Notting Hill with an estimated 300,000 visitors coming to enjoy the first day of the annual carnival. Children and adults in elaborate costumes, many decked out with multi-colored feathers and large wings, paraded along the carnival's three and a half mile route in west London to the sound of whistles, steel drums, and Caribbean music. "The weather is...

2006-07-15 12:05:00

By Michael Atkins BERLIN - Berlin's "Love Parade" returned on Saturday with around half a million revelers attending the gigantic techno-music party on the streets of the German capital a mere one week after the end of the soccer World Cup. Dancers wore elaborate costumes or gyrated in their under-garments to deafening bass rhythms produced by disc jockeys on giant flat-bed trucks riding along a 3-km (2 mile) stretch near the Tiergarten Park and Brandenburg Gate. Police said as many as two...

2006-03-17 14:24:53

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man in charge of Manhattan's St. Patrick's Day parade has fueled a controversy by saying allowing a gay group to join Friday's march would be like permitting neo-Nazis to participate in an Israeli parade. In an interview with The Irish Times, parade committee chairman John Dunleavy defended the organizers' decision to bar the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization from participating in the biggest St. Patrick's Day party in the world. "If an...

2006-03-01 17:50:12

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A samba club backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took first place in Rio de Janeiro's Carnival on Wednesday with a performance that promoted Latin American unity but steered clear of his outspoken opposition to U.S. influence. The 4,000-strong Vila Isabel parade troupe, which received about half a million dollars in sponsorship fees from the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, won the champion's title for its hour-long extravaganza in Rio's...

2006-02-28 02:30:00

By Terry Wade RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Female beauty and brains were extolled on Monday night as Brazil's Carnival dancers shimmied, stomped and sang in sensual celebration. A naked pregnant woman danced on a float to a song about feminine beauty and brains as a second batch of elite samba schools marched into a stadium before thousands of cheering fans. She rubbed her belly provocatively as some 4,000 troupe members sang "Indian, white or black, it's all seduction." But the sensuous display...

2006-02-26 16:34:36

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - Ballerinas and brides, aerial acrobats and cartwheeling clowns celebrated the close of Turin's Winter Games on Sunday in a cacophony of music and mayhem drawing on the Italian tradition of Carnival. Coinciding with Italy's Mardi Gras weekend, carnival combined with the circus to close a Games that Olympic chiefs hailed as a success, pushing memories of a doping scandal deep into the background. A roar shook the Stadio Olimpico, built by Italian...

2006-02-26 17:56:01

By Jeff Franks NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Mardi Gras revelers crowded the sidewalks of storm-shattered New Orleans on Sunday in a turnout that was lighter than years past, but large enough to line the streets, fill the bars and remind people of better days. Partiers with beers in hand jostled along Bourbon Street in the historic French Quarter while parades marched along avenues that six months ago were under water or plagued by looters in the aftermath of powerful Hurricane Katrina....

2006-02-24 19:25:01

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The crowds are smaller at New Orleans' first post-Katrina Mardi Gras parades but there is no shortage of fiendishly satirical wit on floats lampooning public figures and agencies with any connection to the devastating hurricane. One float on Thursday was festooned with the seal of the "Department of Homeland Insecurity," poking fun at the Department of Homeland Security that oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA has been blasted for its slow...

2006-02-24 11:45:17

By Terry Wade SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - It isn't surprising that shoes are an obsession with the beauties who grace Brazil's Carnival parades -- they're generally the biggest things they wear below the neck. Dancers at Carnival, the pre-Lenten bash that starts this weekend and ends on Ash Wednesday, say the higher the better for their towering heels, worn with soaring feathered headdresses and little else but glittery patches, strategically placed. Social customs are thrown out...

2006-02-23 15:58:44

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's Roman Catholic Church urged revelers on Thursday to abstain from reckless sex, too much alcohol and violence during the country's Carnival celebrations. "We are not against people having fun but caution them against hurting others or abandoning good customs," said Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, head of the National Conference of Brazil Bishops. Carnival begins across Brazil, the largest Catholic country in the world, this weekend and crowds of...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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