RIO DE JANEIRO – The Reveillon, a Rio de Janeiro’s traditional New Year’s Eve bash, drew a record 2.8 million people to Copacabana beach, the municipal government of this Brazilian city said on Tuesday.
Turnout not only exceeded last year’s 2.5 million, it was more than the 2.7 million projected by the city.
“We surpass Orlando and Miami in terms of reception of tourists for big events. The numbers prove the desire of visitors to get to know Rio and participate in the party,” said the head of the Riotur tourism office, Marcelo Alves.
Festivities got under way Monday afternoon and continued into the wee hours of the morning, with musical performances by stars including Gilberto Gil and Baby do Brasil.
The main attraction was a 14-minute-long fireworks show featuring 16.9 tons of pyrotechnics launched from 10 vessels anchored offshore, while the Christ the Redeemer monument that sits atop Corcovado mountain was illuminated for the occasion.