The cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo postponed their world-famous Carnaval parades by two months in light of “the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil and the need to, at this moment, preserve lives and put effort into expanding vaccination across the country,” according to a press release from the Rio de Janeiro city government.
São Paulo’s Carnaval parades had been scheduled for Feb. 25-26, while Rio de Janeiro’s were scheduled for Feb. 27-28. Both will now take place on the weekend of April 21.
Carnaval celebrations in the cities take place in two parts: organized parades of samba schools and themed street parties known as blocos. The street parties had already been canceled before Friday’s announcement.