Authorities suspended Carnival festivities in Brazilian city of Paraty after gunman opens fire

February 17, 2015 10:14 am

Authorities have suspended Carnival festivities in the Brazilian city
of Paraty after gunfire killed one person and injured nine others.
The
mayor’s office of the seaside colonial city says a man opened fire in a
central plaza during the Bloco da Lama, or Mud Street Party, killing a
21-year-old man and injuring nine others. Police are searching for the
shooter.

A mud covered reveler at Carnival celebrations in Paraty, , where a gunman opened fire. Photo / AP

City officials met with Carnival representatives and
decided to suspend festivities on Sunday. They did not say if they would
be allowed to resume on Monday and Tuesday.
A statement from the municipality called the decision “an act against violence and to promote peace”.
In
Paraty’s Carinval, revelers throw themselves into mud deposits,
emerging totally covered in sludge. They dance on the beach amid cavemen
chants of “uga, uga.”

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