Troupes surprised by decision to cancel parade
The Madeira News website, with its automated news feed incorporating Google translate, has picked up a report that due to the evolution of the pandemic situation in Madeira, the Regional Government decided to cancel the Carnival festivities that would have taken place quite soon.
In a statement, the Regional Government justified the decision on the grounds that “the security conditions in terms of public health are not met for the event to take place” and thus decided to cancel the events that would take place between February 26 and March 2.
The decision is being communicated to the associations and responsible for the troupes, which this year presented a total of 19 candidacies for the Carnival parade.
The Regional Government emphasizes in the same note that it was “sensitive to the concerns of the groups involved who reported difficulties in organizing the trials, due to the fear expressed by the participants regarding the danger of contagion.”
It also refers that, unlike what happened at the Flower Festival, which, in 2020 and 2021, could be moved to other times of the year without prejudice to its purpose, the Carnival Festivals cannot be postponed.
For the Regional Executive, the best decision is thus to cancel the planned events, hoping that, next year, it will be possible to have revellers parading in the streets again.
Troupes surprised by Carnival decision
JM later reported that the news that Carnival in Madeira, had been cancelled, did not fall in favour with the troupes that would participate in this event.
According to what JM learned, there is widespread dissatisfaction with the event’s cancellation, and the troupes were not previously notified of this decision.
In addition, the surprise is even greater, given the recent announcement by the regional secretary for Health and Civil Protection that the pandemic is evolving into an endemic one. In addition, they consider that with many people vaccinated and tested, there was a way to carry out this initiative, as happened so far, in the middle of the Christmas season.
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