That’s the situation with Carnival in Rio de Janeiro for 2022.
Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes announced after a meeting with health authorities that the city would call off the street events that draw hundreds of thousands of people each year.
“The street carnival, by its very nature, due to the democratic aspect it has, makes it impossible to exercise any kind of inspection,” Paes said.
The event is not officially canceled; the parade by Rio’s samba schools, which the people watch from the grandstands of the city’s Marques de Sapucai Sambadrome is still a go with with health precautions in place. Fat Tuesday is March 1 in 2022.
But what is Carnival without the parades and its parties? Oktoberfest without the bierhalls, a music festival without the bands, France without champagne.
They are the cultural heartbeats of the event and the reasons that hundreds of thousands of PubClubbers go to the city from all over Brazil and from throughout the world. It’s the country’s biggest tourism event by far.
There’s floats, dancing in the street and alleys, organized parties and impromptu partying.
But with the pesky coronavirus constantly mutating into different strains it is impossible to hold big public events, especially in a country where just half the population is fully vaccinated.
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