The Regional Government of Madeira understands that the security conditions in terms of public health are not met for the event to take place and has decided to cancel the parties that would take place between February 26th and March 2nd.
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 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 should also be noted that, contrary to 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 revelers parading in the streets again.
At national and even international level, the celebrations of Carnival in 2022 are being canceled or are shrouded in uncertainty. In Portugal, the Municipality of Nazaré has already canceled all events related to Carnival, including parades and street dances. The municipality of Torres Vedras, a municipality that has one of the best known carnivals in the country, has already made it known that the party will not be held in the usual way. In Brazil, most of the Carnival parades and festivities have already been cancelled, with an emphasis on the well-known Carnaval da Bahia. In Europe, and due to the uncertainty caused by the increase in cases of COVID-19 due to the Ómicron variant, Venice has not yet confirmed the presence of the Carnival parties.