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World Brazil: The Rio de Janeiro carnival parades reported in April due to pandemic (official)

04:05  22 january  2022
04:05  22 january  2022 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L ES parades of the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, planned at the end of February, were postponed At April because of the new Wave of Covid-19, said Friday the authorities.

The new scheduled date is April 21, which marks the beginning of a long holiday weekend.

"The Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo town halls have decided to postpone the parades of Samba schools" for the end of April, "because of the current situation of the pandemic at Brazil and the need to preserve lives ", announced in a statement the authorities of the two largest Brazilian cities.

The decision to postpone the parades of Rio's Sambadrome, which attract tourists from around the world, as well as those of Sao Paulo, was announced after a virtual meeting between mayors, their secretaries to health and representatives of Samba schools. of the two states.

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"It's a necessary postponement, we will have much more security to achieve (the carnival) at the end of April," said Rio de Janeiro's Secretary of Health, Daniel Sonranz.

"Following the pandemic curve in other countries, we think it is very difficult for the current wave to continue until April," he added.

Leagues representing the schools of Samba de Rio and Sao Paulo stated to support the decision of the authorities.

"This is the good attitude, it has the full support of Samba schools and we hope that on April 21 we can have a party full of joy as the carnival requires it," said Sideni Carriuolo, President of the Sao Paulo Samba School League, who attended discussions with the authorities.

Samba schools, neighborhood organizations that have up to 4,000 members each, spend months preparing their parades composed of sophisticated coaches, thousands of hand-made costumes, with repeating dancers and musicians for months. Shine before the jurors of Sambadrome.

The street carnival in both cities had already been canceled at the beginning of the month because of the health situation.

Brazil vaccinated nearly 70% of its 213 million inhabitants with two doses of VVID-19 vaccine.

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