Carnival 2022 cancelled

Troupes surprised by decision to cancel parade

Carnival in a previous year

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.

COVID-19 in Madeira: previous daily updates can be found in an earlier post

Travel latest: requirements for entering and leaving Madeira: is kept up-to-date on a previous post

New restrictions: a detailed updated explanation of the latest regulations can be found here

10 thoughts on “Carnival 2022 cancelled”

  1. What a shame about Carnaval 2022…
    It’s such a wonderful experience …
    We were hoping to travel at end of February as Covid prevented us coming over for Christmas & New Year..

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    • A shame but understandable. We will be in Madeira at this time and the last time we caught the carnival was in 2004. Maybe next year, it is a very impressive spectacle.

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    • Onhan se harmi – totta, mutta Madeiralla voi tehdä kyllä paljon muita asioita, joten karnevaalien peruutus ei ole maailman loppu. Esimerkiksi mennä vaikka päivän kestävälle levadareissulle omin nokin tai opastetulle reissulle.

      PS, minulta varastettiin kukkaro karnevaaliaikaan muutama vuosi sitten. Siinä ei ollut rshaa, mutta harmittaa hyvän kukkaron menetys😊

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  2. Shame about Carnival – but I guess an early decision was sensible, particularly when you combine it with the previous post about the incredible transmissibility of Omicron.

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  3. Would have liked to see the carnival again. But as it is now cancelled and the fact that TUI has cancelled our flight we well not, unfortunately, be coming to Madeira this year.

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  4. Coronavirus, I’m afraid is something we will have to live with, at this moment no government knows what will be the best approach so that WE will be in charge of the way we want to live our lives. Scientists are saying it will be a bit like influenza which took over and many many people lost their lives then it was decided that we would be able to have a yearly vaccination to protect us from the virus. Us oldies remember & have our vaccinations every year, now 3wks inbetween our Covid vaccine so who knows just what the way forward will be? Please advise if you are one of those who think they know. Lastly, it is the same with horses (showjumpers anyway) who have to have yearly vaccinations which are then entered into their Passports so records have to be shown when travelling from one Country to another, this has been like this for many years.
    Happy New Year to all

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    • Thankfully this Omicron strain is much weaker leading to less people needing to go to hospital. In the UK the thought seems to be that booster vaccinations will, in future, only need be given to older and vulnerable people, a bit like the free flu jabs are now. The drug companies are looking to produce a newer vaccine which should cover all know variants and this may even come as a pill rather than a needle in the arm.

      Covid is a corona virus similar to the common cold and 🤞fingers crossed will become no worse.

      The rapid rise in infections will peak soon and start to drop off. With a bit of luck the pandemic will be almost over in Europe by mid to late March and life should return to near normal(whatever normal is😁) especially holidays to Madeira 👍

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