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The new scheduled date is April 21, which marks the start of a long holiday weekend.

The town halls of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have decided to postpone the parades of the samba schools at the end of April, due to the current pandemic situation in Brazil and the need to preserve lives, announced in a press release the authorities of the two largest Brazilian cities.

The decision to postpone the Rio Sambadrome parades, which attract tourists from around the world, as well as those in Sao Paulo was announced after a virtual meeting between the mayors, their health secretaries and representatives of samba schools from both States.

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It is a necessary postponement, we will have much more security to achieve [le carnaval] end of Aprilsaid Rio de Janeiro Health Secretary Daniel Soranz.

Following the curve of the pandemic in other countries, we think it is very difficult for the current wave to last until April. »

A quote from Daniel Soranz, Secretary of Health of Rio de Janeiro

Leagues representing samba schools in Rio and Sao Paulo said they supported the authorities’ decision.

April we can have a party full of joy as the carnival requires”,”text”:”It’s the right attitude, it has the full support of the samba schools and we hope that on April 21st we can have a party full of joy as the carnival requires”}}”>It’s the right attitude, it has the full support of the samba schools and we hope that on April 21 we can have a party full of joy as the carnival demands., said Sideni Carriuolo, president of the league of samba schools of Sao Paulo, who attended the discussions with the authorities.

Samba schools, neighborhood organizations with up to 4,000 members each, spend months preparing their parades consisting of elaborate carriages, thousands of handcrafted costumes, with dancers and musicians rehearsing for months to shine before the jury of the sambadrome.

The street carnival in both cities had already been canceled earlier this month due to the health situation.

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