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Tight budgets forcing Brazilian cities to cancel carnival celebrations

Staff writer ▼ | January 18, 2016
Cities across Brazil are cancelling carnival celebrations as increasing economic woes hit Latin America's largest economy.
Rio de Janeiro
LatAm   Local governments are citing tightened budgets
Local 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Areas that have cancelled celebrations or withdrawn public funding of parades includes Campinas, home to almost three million people. Other municipalities, such as São Luiz do Paraitinga in São Paulo state, are outsourcing large parts of the festivities to the private sector to cut down on spending.

In the state of Minas Gerais, seven cities announced they were cancelling festivities because of a lack of funds – Cássia, São Tomás de Aquino, São João Batista do Glória, Alpinópolis, Fortaleza de Minas, Passos and Lavras.

São Tomás de Aquino's Department of Culture said that health, education and infrastructure had to be the priorities.

Other areas and cities cancelling festivities and parades include Cabo Frio, Morretes, Irati, Lagoa Formosa, Porto Ferreira and Rolim de Moura, amongst others. Almost all have said that funding needed to be moved to different areas.