At Rio’s Carnival, Vaccine Jabs Are In, Glitter and Samba Out

At Rio’s Carnival, Vaccine Jabs Are In, Glitter and Samba Out

Rio de Janeiro – This time last year, Rio de Janeiro’s premier carnival venue danced to the beat of a drum with a splendid-sleered, frighteningly clothed body.

But later this week, Samba’s only trace at the venue, the Sambodromo Parade Ground, was some melancholic verses that a musician and carnival aficionado, better known as Moncosco, vaccinated her after she stepped out through her mask. Planted. COVID-19.

“Very sad,” said 87-year-old Mr. Diniz, who was dressed in white. “But it is necessary to save life. People like to dance, but we didn’t get it this year.

Rio de Janeiro, in good times and bad Famous boisterous carnival When done particularly hard, it is often thriving.

Carnival was considered the most important on record in 1919, when people worked hard during the years of war, hyperinflation, oppressive military rule, fugitive violence and even Spanish flu. Official Call to postpone In 1892 and 1912 – due to a garbage-collection crisis and to mourn the death of a politician – largely ignored as people took to the streets in costumes.

This year, however, the only thing that tarnishes the spirit of Carnival: online events produced by groups that traditionally put on extraordinary street performances.

City Health Secretary Daniel Sornaz said, “It is very sad for Rio not to have a carnival. It was said on Saturday morning.” Sambodromo Vaccinated under white tents as elders. “This is a place to party to celebrate life.”

Gabriel Lynes, a medical student who was one of dozens of vaccinators, reminded twice that he had arrived in Sambodromo, a parade route surrounded by bleachers of 56,000 people, where Samba’s schools performed elaborate, obsessive choreographed shows . They also lack street parties known as blocos, through which almost every district in the city snakes thousands as snakes drink back, throw strangers and dance in minimal costumes.

“It’s very strange for people who are used to carnival,” Mr. Lynes said on the morning rain. “Carnival brings us joy.”

Around him, after nearly a year of fear and suffering, the Brazilian people were armed against the virus for the last time. He said, “But today should also be seen as a day of happiness.”

Marcilia Lopes, 85, a fixture at the Portella Samba School, who has not missed a carnival for decades, felt happily more relieved after receiving her first dose of the Chinese-made Coronavac vaccine.

She had been so afraid of catching the virus for the past year that she refused to leave the house to do anything. On her birthday, she didn’t even hesitate to buy cakes from her children – she wasn’t in the mood to celebrate. So Ms. Lopez is missing her beloved carnival this year, but steadily.

“I’m at peace,” he said. “Many people are suffering.”

As a second wave in recent months, local authorities across the country canceled traditional carnival celebrations, which typically bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism revenue and create tens of thousands of temporary jobs.

Rio de Janeiro officials were hoping that they could organize a carnival later this year if cases declined as many people started vaccinating. But this possibility is no longer possible given the limited supply of Brazilian vaccines, which forced Rio de Janeiro to stop its vaccine campaign this week as it ran out of doses. New forms of the virus that scientists believe can accelerate infection are also deepening uncertainty, as there are questions about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

The culture secretary of Rio de Janeiro, Marcus Faustini, said it was equally painful to be angry through the carnival season without any revelation, but there was no responsible way to adapt the megaparty to this era of social disturbances.

“It would make no sense at this time to keep this party and run the risk of an upsurge of affairs,” he said. “The most important thing right now is to protect life.”

Carioca is not known as the rule adherents as residents of Rio de Janeiro. Therefore, the city has set up a task force of some 1000 police officers who roam the streets and carnival speakers are being searched on social media.

While officials have closed some underground gatherings and boat parties, the vast majority of traditional carnival party organizers appear to be complying with the rules. Perhaps surprisingly, there are Some official restrictions to bars and beaches, which in recent times and where a city facade mandate, have rarely been implemented.

City officials expect hotels sold frequently during the carnival to have a 40 percent occupancy rate this week. Tourist places where people are often packed, including Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugarloaf Mountain, are open and receiving hundreds of visitors daily.

Leo Sezel, a singer and visual artist, is in mourning for a year without a carnival, which is particularly painful in the months following grief, isolation and severe news.

“For me, carnival means a timeout, like an autonomous temporary zone that is almost anarchy, where there is freedom,” he said.

While many popular street party groups have streamed recorded events in recent times, Mr. Segel said that he and fellow leaders of Bloke sorias da guanabara, Popular among LGBTQ revelers, did not raise money to create an online event.

They are among the thousands who suffer financially from the loss of street parties, who plan for several months and employ an army of choreographers, setting designers, costume makers, artists and vendors.

“It’s bleak,” said Valmir Moretelli, a documentary filmmaker who has chronicled some of the past carnivals, sparked by an economic downturn, waves of street crime and the city’s recently departed evangelist mayor, who samba parade Had cut funding for and did little to hide his disdain for the season of hedonism.

“People are impoverished, without costumes,” Mr. Mortelli said.

The musician, Mr. Dinniz, said that all Brazilians are feeling a sense of desperation and mourning, which will promote a carnival for ages when it is safe to party again.

“It’s very eagerly awaited,” he said. “People are thirsty for joy.”

Lis Morikoni contributed reporting.



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