Until 2022. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro returns in February next year

Rio de Janeiro will return to celebrate Carnival in February 2022, after the cancellation of the edition since year due to Covid-19, informed this Thursday the Independent League of Samba Schools (Liesa) of that Brazilian region.

“We will have Carnival in February 2022!!! Contract duly signed between Liesa, Rio de Janeiro City Hall and Riotur [empresa de turismo do município]. (…) Save the Samba”, wrote on the social network Instagram Liesa’s marketing director, Gabriel Oliveira David.

The contract was signed this Thursday and grants the use of the Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro to hold the Special Group’s Samba School parades over the next four years.

“In addition to fulfilling the promise of a campaign, of unrestricted support for the work carried out by the Associations and the importance of the event for the economic, social and cultural scenario of the municipality, the State and, in a broader sense, the country itself, Mayor Eduardo Paes was for the first time, the contract has a duration of four years — until then, the renewal was done annually,” Liesa announced in a statement.

The signing ceremony was held in Cidade das Artes, in Barra da Tijuca, between the president of Riotur, Daniela Maia, and the president of Liesa, Jorge Perlingeiro, who celebrated the moment.

“The contract has already been signed and guarantees us the necessary confidence to do our best in organizing the next four Carnivals, starting with the one in 2022, whose parades will take place on February 27th and 28th and March 4th. Ash Fair, March 2,” explained Perlingeiro.

The samba schools parade was last held in 2020, before Covid-19 had spread throughout Brazil.

This year, Carnival was canceled across the country due to the strong advance of the pandemic in Brazil, one of the most affected nations in the world and which already totals 18.9 million cases and more than 528,000 deaths.

The mayor of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, announced last month that he intends to celebrate an early mini Carnival on the island of Paquetá, whose population is being massively vaccinated against Covid-19.

Preliminary results of this mass vaccination in Paquetá show that 90% of people immunized before the start of the study had antibodies to the disease.

The mayor, an open carnival lover, intends to organize the party in September on this island located in Guanabara Bay, an hour by boat from downtown Rio de Janeiro, where the region’s first major carnival event in the midst of a pandemic will take place.

Only the island’s local population, home to around 4,200 people, is expected to participate in the event, although the city has not specified how it will control the entry of visitors.

According to official data, 37% of the Brazilian population has already received the first dose of some of the vaccines in use in the country, but only 13% is immunized with the complete scheme.

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