Revellers die

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The Independent Online
SAO PAULO (Reuter) - Twenty-one people were killed on Sunday when a truck slammed into a bus packed with carnival revellers in the state of Sao Paulo in south-eastern Brazil, a police spokesman said yesterday. Most of the passengers were returning from a day on the beach over the long carnival weekend.

In Rio de Janeiro, incessant rain, and mud puddles in the stadium, did not dampen the spirits of revellers as the glittering parade of samba schools got underway on Sunday night. The parade competition, which lasted until dawn and continued last night, is the highlight of Rio's pre-Lenten Carnival.