Rio De Janeiro Annual Carnival Parade Gets Postponed For The First Time In 108 Years Due To COVID-19




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People have to wait to watch the glamorous Carnival parade of Rio de Janeiro as it has been decided that it must delay amidst the pandemic. On Thursday night, it was announced that the global extravaganza would not be performed in February like usual years because Brazil is still fighting with Coronavirus and its vulnerability is only growing.

Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, incisively told the reporters that the outbreak of Coronavirus got out of hand and it was impossible to safely arrange the traditional spectacle. The annual Carnival parade is the linchpin of the culture that has been a part of the nation over hundreds of years. It is the means of livelihood for many people in the country.

Luiz Antonio Simas, a historian who specializes in Rio’s Carnival, said in an interview, “An entire cultural and productive chain was disrupted by COVID.” He added, “Carnival is a party upon which many humble workers depend. The samba schools are community institutions, and the parades are just one detail of all that.”

Rio’s City Hall hasn’t made any decisions about the biggest Carnival yet. It is still not sure if the carnival street parties will be a part of the program that usually take place across the city.

Its tourism promotion agency told The Associated Press on Sept. 17 that it will be wrong to host large public events across the city without the protection of a Coronavirus vaccine.

The first COVID-19 positive case in Brazil was reported on February 26, just one day after the Carnival took place. The number of cases is growing day by day and the samba schools that take part in the spectacular parade seized all their preparation for the upcoming event in 2021. Thursday’s announcement made it pretty clear for Brazil that the show might have to wait before Brazil comes to life again.

Most of Rio’s samba schools are associated with the working-class communities. Their processions include elaborate floats accompanied by tireless drummers and costumed dancers who sing at the top of their lungs to impress a panel of judges. Thousands of people experience the phenomena from the arena called Sambadrome while the rest of the world watches it on television.

The schools began to participate in the Carnival since 1930, before that it was celebrated in dance halls and indiscriminately on the streets. Simas said that the cultural event entered the Sambadrome in the 1980s and became the mainstay of Rio’s culture.

The report shows that there are more than 15,000 deaths confirmed from coronavirus in Rio.

To arrange the props, a huge surge of laborers was required but due to the several lockdowns imposed on the country since March, it was not possible to get enough manpower to set up the Carnival. Its plagued health system is trying to keep the spread of the virus in control.

Samba schools suspended float construction, costume sewing, dance rehearsals, and also social projects.