Brazil postpones world-famous Carnival Parade amid pandemic
Published: 05:32 PM, 25 September 2020 Updated: 10:06 PM, 25 September 2020
World-famous carnival parade of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro has been postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. Rio’s League of Samba Schools (LIESA) made the announcement on Thursday.
The Coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold parades and events, which are the financial lifeblood of many participants—the announcement said.
Jorge Castanheir, president of LIESA, said schools will not have the time or the financial and organizational capabilities to make the Carnival parade possible for February.
Castanheir said the alternate date will depend on whether a vaccine is available and if there will be immunizations.
Samba schools organize the huge parade every year between the Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday (a catholic holiday) at noon in Brazil’s southeastern cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Vitória, organize the parade led by samba schools
The festival draws millions of domestic and international tourists to the beachside city every year.
Brazil has the highest record of coronavirus infections in Latin America with more than 4.6 million cases and nearly 140,000 deaths.