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Rio Carnival Organizers to Hike Security after 32 Injured in Samba Parades

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools League, which organizes the city’s Carnival celebration in the Sambodrome, announced on Tuesday that it will adopt new security measures to prevent incidents like the ones that injured at least 32 people over the past two days.

The samba school parades concluded very early on Tuesday morning in the Sambodrome after being marked as never before by a succession of accidents involving the huge floats prepared by the samba schools on both nights of the famous celebrations and shows along the Sambodrome concourse where the schools parade, perform and dance for the public.

“We express our concern regarding the episodes that have occurred,” read a note released by the Samba Schools League, which added that “in the 33 years of the Sambodrome’s existence, there have been very few incidents of that kind” and promised that this year’s incidents will be “thoroughly” investigated.

The first serious accident occurred after midnight on Monday morning amid the colorful and rhythmic parades of the samba schools when an enormous float prepared by the Tuiuti school went out of control and ended up smashing into about 20 people.

Very early on Tuesday morning, a walkway located atop one of the floats of the Unidos da Tijuca school where at least 10 people were positioned broke loose and plunged down during the parade injuring another 12 people.

Three of the people injured on Monday remain hospitalized along with 10 of those people injured on Tuesday morning, all of them having suffered assorted blows, broken bones, cuts and bruises.

The Samba Schools League announced in its communique that in the coming days it will meet with Carnival authorities with an eye toward “undertaking the adjustments that may be necessary” to guarantee public safety and “improve the show,” which each year draws tens of thousands of lovers of samba spectacles to the Sambodrome.

 

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