Cities in ‘party nation’ Brazil cancel 2016 carnival samba parades as recession hits that Latin American country
Cities across Brazil are cancelling carnival celebrations as economic woes hit the south American country ever harder. Municipal governments are citing tightened budgets, with lower tax revenues, and more important projects in need of funding.
Areas that have cancelled celebrations or withdrawn public funding of parades includes Campinas, home to almost three million people. Campinas Director of Culture, Gabriel Rapassi, said that a drop in sales tax revenues from small businesses affected by the current economic situation had left the local government unable to foot the large carnival bill.
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