Organizers May Cancel the 2018 Carnival Samba School Parades in Rio

LIESA says reduction of funding by the city will make Brazil's famous samba parades unviable in 2018.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIO, BRAZIL – In a surprising move, the Independent League of Samba Schools (LIESA) announced on Wednesday night that if the League is unable to receive subsidies from the city of Rio de Janeiro, the world’s most famous samba parades will be cancelled for Carnival 2018.

“The Samba Schools of the Special Group, represented by their presidents, have decided in a meeting held at LIESA headquarters, on June 14, 2017, that if the decision made Mayor Marcelo Crivella [of cutting subsidies] is upheld the samba school parades, in the Carnival of 2018 . . .

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