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Rio de Janeiro Delay 2021 Carnival Over Coronavirus

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade for 2021, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the pandemic.

Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood.

"It's increasingly difficult to have Carnival without a vaccine," Leisa President Jorge Castanheira told journalists. "There is no way to have Carnival without safety."

Castanheira said the 2021 Carnival parade could only be delayed until January 2022 at most, so as not to interfere with the following year's parade.

Brazil’s first confirmed coronavirus case was Feb. 26, one day after this year’s Carnival ended.

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