They say that, with just a few days left until the start of Carnivalthe city hall has not yet provided information about chemical toilets and the distribution of water to revelers, for example.
Another point questioned by the blocks is the time restrictions made by the city hall: the blocks are obliged to finish the parade by 6pm and need to evacuate revelers by 7pm. If they go beyond this time, groups may be penalized, at the risk of being left out for Carnival in 2025. The restriction had already occurred at last year’s event, but people familiar with the matter said there was a promise that the initiative would be deleted in 2024.
Once again we are questioning the time imposed by City Hall for the block parades to end at 6pm. Not only Baixo Augusta, but all blocks in the city think it’s too early. It looks like a matinee. This is very bad for the logic of Carnival’s spontaneity. It is also necessary to have predictability for night parades. We are very concerned about this type of restriction. We consider it a setback Alê Youssef, founder of Baixo Augusta, to UOL He was Secretary of Culture under Bruno Covas (PSDB) and Ricardo Nunes (MDB)
The report requested interviews and sent questions to Mayor Ricardo Nunes and the municipal secretary of Culture, Aline Torres, about the complaints raised by the blocks. City Hall said that it has been preparing for Carnival for months and that the city will have more than 31,400 public agents working daily in the areas of janitorial, security, transportation, tourism, among other areas.
“Every year the street Carnival is expanded and improved”, said Mayor Ricardo Nunes, when announcing that the entire infrastructure for Carnival 2024 has been contracted. “What the City Hall is responsible for, and we are doing, is to provide the entire infrastructure of fences, bathrooms, security, logistical issues, street closures. And all of this is being done within the deadline”, added the mayor .