New Year world records

Biggest New Year Party-world record set by Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Beach , Brazil--
In Brazil more than four million people saw in the New Year on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.Two million party-goers were on Copacabana beach alone, witnessing a fireworks display that lasted nearly 20 minutes. They set the world record for the Biggest New Year Party
   In Sao Paulo, South America's biggest city, local media said 2.3 million people celebrated at the Avenida Paulista, Brazil's financial center.

Photo: New Year 2008 in Rio de Janeiro
The New Year fireworks at Copacabana Beach, panoramic photo by Willy Kaemena

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   Masses of people turned out despite nighttime temperatures up to 35 degrees, dancing on the sand before stages and filling promenades that had been blocked to traffic.

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