World leaders, celebrities attend Chavez funeral
Updated: Friday, March 8 2013, 08:45 PM EST
CARACAS, Venezuela (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - World leaders, athletes, and left-wing celebrities attended the funeral Friday for former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
A line of people gathered to see Chavez's body lying in state in Caracas.
It was a carnival atmosphere outside with music from bands and an orchestra.
More than 30 political leaders stood at attention in front of the flag-draped coffin.
They included Cuba's Raul Castro, and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Vice-President Nicolas Maduro became acting President the moment Hugo Chavez died, and can now run for President.