Rio Mayor Plans to Reduce Samba School Funding
Carnival is one of the most popular celebrations in South America's biggest country, Brazil.
And nowhere is the six-day celebration bigger than in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
People across the city fill the streets with singing and dancing in the days before the Catholic religious observance of Lent. The festival includes parades and contests between the city's top samba schools, known as the Special Group.
But the Rio Times newspaper reports that the mayor may reduce the amount of money given to the city's top samba schools by one half for the 2018 festival.
Rio mayor Marcelo Crivella says the money would be used for the city's childcare centers.
City officials say the samba schools of the Special Group received about $8 million for the Carnival parades in 2017. Now, officials want to reduce that amount to about $4 million for 2018.
Crivella said that people living in the city must decide whether they would rather use their resources for, in his words, "a three-day party or 365 days a year."
Jorge Luiz Castanheira is the president of The Independent League of Samba Schools, or LIESA. He said that Crivella promised to invest more money in Carnival, not less, during his campaign for mayor.
He added that Rio's economy depends on Carnival for tourism. He argued that hotels, restaurants and other economic activities create hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the city.
LIESA wrote a more detailed response to the mayor's announcement on their website.
Crivella became mayor of Rio de Janeiro in January. He is a member of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. That religious group does not approve of Carnival.
The mayor was criticized for not giving the key to the city to King Momo during this year's Carnival. King Momo is the traditional figure of Carnival whose appearance represents the beginning of the celebration.
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大斋节天主教的宗教仪式开始的前几天，里约的街头熙熙攘攘，人们载歌载舞 。节日活动包括游行、市顶级桑巴学校比赛，也称“特别组”竞赛 。
里约市长马塞洛·克里韦拉（Marcelo Crivella）表示，这笔资金将用于城市的儿童托管中心 。
城市官员称“特别组”的桑巴学校2017年接受了800万美元的狂欢游行资助 。如今，政府想把2018年狂欢节的支援资金削减到约400万美元 。
佐治·雷斯（Jorge Luiz Castanheira）是桑巴学校独立联盟（LIESA）主席 。他表示，克里韦拉在竞选市长时曾承诺，会加大对狂欢节的投资而非削减 。
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