As Brazil exceeds 230,000 COVID-19-related deaths, at least 20 Brazilian states have cancelled their carnival celebrations. In some cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, the party means more than just a celebration. It’s a fundamental part of local identity and an important source of income for communities and countless businesses.
Although it officially lasts a few days – this year it would have been celebrated between Feb. 12 and 17 – the party takes place all month long in several parts of the country. In the case of Rio de Janeiro, samba schools are active throughout the year with rehearsals, special lunches and other activities. The process of creating and manufacturing costumes and floats for the parades also lasts year round.
Full article at The Globe and Mail’s page. Date of publication: 16/02/2021.
The article was also published in print and featured on the newspaper cover (see pdf attached)