RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, confirmed on Friday, August 30th, that he will not give any money to the elite samba schools for next year's carnival parade.
Before the 2019 parade, each of the 14 elite associations received R$500,000 (US$125,000). Until 2016, during the administration of former mayor Eduardo Paes, this subsidy reached R$2 million per school.
Since this year's Carnival, Crivella had been defending the end of the subsidy, which was expected - although under protest - by the samba schools.
In 2020, there will be 13 . . .