Several fatalities occurred in incidents at the carnival in Oruro

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Five people were dead and fourteen wounded in an accident on the way to Misicuni (in the department of Cochabamba), where a truck that is both people and goods transporting collided with a car in a ravine. Other casualties occurred in several incidents, including an accident on the road from La Paz to Oruro, where a car went over the head. In Oruro, about 25,000 dancers take part in the pre-Lenten blowout that is Bolivia’s biggest tourist attraction and brings as many as half a million people to the sleepy town.

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After explosion in Oruro

The Carnival of Oruro is a religious festival dating back more than 200 years. It’s a mixture of Spanish colonial traditions with those of the ancient indigenous Inca and Aymara peoples in a ritual seeking better farming and good health. Throughout the festival, more than 48 groups of folk dancers specializing in 18 different folk dances perform a pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Tunnel every Saturday of the carnival in a traditional parade. The carnival was declared by UNESCO an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. in 2011.

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