However, just like in Rio de Janeiro, the parades of the samba schools at Anhembi should take place
Carnival in the streets of São Paulo will not take place this year. After the arrival of the omicron variant, the city of São Paulo decided to cancel the party – the announcement was made by Mayor Ricardo Nunes.
The samba school parades are held at Anhembi between February 25th and 28th, as long as the League accepts the sanitary protocols.
The decision was taken after a meeting, which took place this Thursday morning (6), between Ricardo Nunes and professionals from the Sanitary Surveillance and the Municipal Secretariat of São Paulo. At the meeting, the bodies presented a study on the behavior of Covid-19 in recent months.
Now, São Paulo joins other cities that won’t have Carnival this year either: Rio de Janeiro, Campo Grande (MS), Cuiabá (MT), Teresina (PI), Belém (PA), Fortaleza (CE), Florianópolis (SC ), Curitiba (PR) and Salvador (BA), Olinda (PE).
Sponsor of street carnival, Ambev will not pay R$ 23 million to the city hall. In a statement, the company stated that ‘people’s health must always come first.
“At this point, it is crucial to follow the recommendations of the medical authorities. We are in constant dialogue with partners and, together, evaluating the next steps”, informed Ambev.
The Dream Factory, responsible for the revelry in São Paulo and Rio, released a note that considers the “correct and responsible decisions by the city halls in view of the current scenario of the pandemic and the nature of street revelry where the protocols are no longer applicable. consolidated in events held in controlled environments.”
Even before the cancellation decision was announced in São Paulo, three street block organizations released a manifesto called ‘I love you São Paulo, but I’m not doing your Carnival…’.
In the document, they rejected the possibility of the party being held at the Autodromo de Interlagos to facilitate control. “We understand that it is the obligation of the Government to be strict in observing sanitary rules in all events that already happen and will take place in the City of São Paulo until Carnival”, he informed.