Brazil learns from Carnival ahead of 2014 WCup

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Carnival was not just about wild partying, heavy drinking and samba dancing.

The country's huge Carnival celebrations this week also provided key lessons for World Cup organizers trying to prepare the nation for football's showcase event in two years, and authorities are happy with the results.

With tourists jamming many of the World Cup host cities, Carnival served as a test run for authorities seeking to evaluate their newly implemented World Cup projects, from infrastructure improvements to public safety programs to medical services.

Hoping to gather valuable information to be used in 2014, organizers watched closely as millions of tourists traveled the country for the festival, just like they will do during the World Cup in 2014.