USA Today reports:
Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the pandemic. Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood.
“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,” 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.” Rio’s City Hall has yet to announce a decision about the Carnival street parties that also take place across the city.
Coronavirus: Rio Carnival postponed for first time in 100 years https://t.co/uEPfaH5PKK
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) September 25, 2020
Brazil postpones Rio de Janeiro’s famed carnival for next year, the latest spectacle hit by the virus pandemic https://t.co/IYxlIaK9me
— TRT World (@trtworld) September 25, 2020