The mayor of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, handed over the key to the city to King Momo yesterday, Friday, marking the official start of Carnival 2023.
Rio de Janeiro's Carnival is known as the country's most significant popular festival and one of the largest carnival celebrations in the world.
This year, it could return to its traditional date, as in 2022, it had to be held in April, and there were no street celebrations due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
"Last year, still under the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic . . .
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