The Rio de Janeiro carnival, in Brazil, has returned after being suspended for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The emblematic Sambodromo, which served as a vaccination center during the pandemic, will be the epicenter of the much-awaited festivity by Brazilians and foreigners who will be able to see the decorated chariots and thousands of drummers and dancers with feathers, glitter and sequins parading through the streets of Rio.
Rio’s carnival is a world-famous carnival that lasts 10 days, where people enjoy dancing, music and parades.
The mayor of the city of Rio Eduardo Paes confirmed the arrival of the carnival, which was canceled in February due to a spike in coronavirus cases.
“As mayor of Rio, I am very proud to announce that the greatest show on earth is back. In the most beautiful of all cities, made by the happiest and hardworking people of the world! Long live Rio de Janeiro, long live the cariocas, viva the Brazilian culture, long live carnival!”
The carnival will bring relief for economic sectors affected by the pandemic, such as the hotel industry, which expects occupancy of around 85% over the weekend, according to the Rio de Janeiro Hotel Industry Association.
An estimated 75,000 people are expected to attend the event each night. The only requirement will be the mandatory use of face masks in some events, as well as the vaccination certificate.
Brazil has recorded more than 30 million cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and over 662,000 deaths.
Over 75% of Brazilians have completed the full vaccination scheme against COVID-19, according to health authorities.
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