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Rio Cancels Carnival Street Parades for Second Year on Omicron Wave

  • Parades of samba schools through Sambadrome will proceed
  • Cities including Sao Paulo, Salvador canceling celebrations
Marques de Sapucai Avenue, known as Passarela do Samba, blocked off in Rio de Janeiro, on Feb. 12, 2021.
Marques de Sapucai Avenue, known as Passarela do Samba, blocked off in Rio de Janeiro, on Feb. 12, 2021.Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

Rio de Janeiro canceled its world-renowned Carnival street parades for the second consecutive year as new wave of Covid infections spread through the Brazilian city. 

Mayor Eduardo Paes announced Tuesday evening after meeting with health officials that a recent surge in Covid cases, likely related to the Omicron variant, forced him to prohibit street celebrations, which attract hundreds of thousands of party-goers each year.