After encouraging street carnival, city hall rules put the brakes on the party

After encouraging street carnival, city hall rules put the brakes on the party
After encouraging street carnival, city hall rules put the brakes on the party
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In 2024, São Paulo City Hall established cut-off time for processions. The blocks must last a maximum of five hours, with one hour of concentration, three hours of procession and one hour of dispersion. Groups will not be able to go out before 9am and must close by 7pm.

Also this year, megablocks will have to submit electrical trios to mandatory inspection. Unprecedented in the city, the assessment of vehicles determined by Mayor Ricardo Nunes (MDB) will be carried out by the Military Police in the early morning hours before the processions. The rule applies to groups that bring together more than 100,000 people and is attributed to security reasons.

Changes, restrictions and delays worry organizers

“Each year, registration becomes more restrictive”, says block founder. Creator of Ritaleena, Alessa Camarinha says that there is little dialogue with the city hall and that time and place limitations make it difficult to hold the processions.

Delay in organization bothers filmmakers. According to block founders, the city hall held a first meeting about the party in October, and the second only in mid-January. Information about the location of chemical toilets, traffic schedules and other details about the parades has also been slow to arrive.

Pressure is greater on smaller blocks, says creator of Charanga do França. Thiago France states that the limited supply of resources combined with the actions of actors such as residents’ associations, which complain about noise and dirt, make life increasingly difficult for smaller groups.


The article is in Portuguese

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