Photo: Copabana beach
The city of Rio de Janeiro welcomed 2014 with a huge fireworks show early Wednesday over Copacabana beach and a party that drew more than 2 million people to one of the most popular events on the calendar each year in Brazil.
Thousands of tourists and residents, many of them dressed in the traditional white, flocked to Rio’s beaches on a hot night for the 16-minute fireworks show, whose theme was the animated film “Rio 2.”
The sky over Rio was filled with bursts of color as spectators made their New Year’s resolutions for 2014, with many cooling off in the waters of Copacabana, Brazil’s most famous beach.
Spaniard Mario Igual, owner of Barcelona-based Pirotecnia Igual, was once again responsible for overseeing the New Year’s fireworks show in Rio.
The forecast called for rain, but people were able to enjoy the traditional New Year’s Eve music festival without ever opening an umbrella.
Carlinhos Brown, Nando Reis and Lulu Santos were among the artists who helped bid farewell to 2013 and welcome the new year.
Officials deployed about 1,500 police officers on Copacabana beach alone to keep visitors safe.