Brazil’s 2020 Carnival in numbers

. Feb 22, 2020
Brazil's 2020 carnival

This is Brazil by the Numbers, a weekly digest of the most interesting figures tucked inside the latest news about Brazil. A selection of numbers that help explain what is going on in Brazil. This week’s theme: Carnival! 

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1.36 million passengers 

Carnival will keep Brazil’s airplanes busy, with

1.36 million people expected to fly to and from the 42 airports managed by state-owned company Infraero during the holidays. The number represents a 3-percent increase from last year. The number of flights is also going up 4.5 percent to 11,556 <a href="">arrivals and departures</a> over a four-day stretch. The busiest hubs will be São Paulo Congonhas and Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont—both are expected to welcome 256,000 and 219,700 people, respectively. In the case of Santos Dumont, the figures represent a steep 41-percent increase from last year.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>5 people shot</h2> <p>At least five revelers were shot during a pre-Carnival parade in São Paulo on February 16. The shooting happened after a police officer retaliated to an attempted robbery during a parade in the Berrini financial district. According to the police, two of the five people shot at were involved with the robbery. During pre-Carnival celebrations alone, <a href="">413 people were arrested by the police in São Paulo</a>—including 21 minors.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="" alt="carnival" class="wp-image-31853" srcset=" 1024w, 150w, 300w, 768w, 610w, 210w, 375w, 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>Illustration by Jika</figcaption></figure> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>BRL 2.6 billion in revenue</h2> <p>Retailers in the state of Rio de Janeiro expect Carnival 2020 to raise BRL 2.6 billion in revenue—which would give the Wonderful City a huge financial boost during the celebrations. Rio is also the state with the highest number of temporary hires for the holiday. Economist Fabio Bentes said the tourism sector should raise up to BRL 8 billion Brazil-wide during Carnival.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>5,400 stolen mobile phones</h2> <p>If you&#8217;re celebrating Carnival on the streets, beware of your belongings. The São Paulo Police Department registered at least 5,400 phone thefts during pre-Carnival celebrations—one group of criminals was found in possession of 48 stolen phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another common scam involves street sellers cloning bank cards, switching them out for similar-looking cards when the customer is unaware. Authorities recommend people to use stickers to &#8220;brand&#8221; their cards and avoid the scam, or use cash.</p> <p>In São Paulo, the police will mobilize over 15,000 troops during Carnival.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>560 bus lines to be affected&nbsp;</h2> <p>Street parades change cities&#8217; normal routine. São Paulo City Hall said that at least 560 bus lines will be compromised during the holiday, with revelers enjoying street parties on some of the city&#8217;s busiest roads, with an average 86 parades each day until Wednesday. The city&#8217;s Traffic Engineering Company (CET) states that around 500 company agents will work every day to avoid problems.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>4,127 agents&nbsp;</h2> <p>The abundance of garbage caused by Carnival also sparks municipal governments into action. In Rio de Janeiro, 1,180 street sweepers have been hired per day and 57 garbage trucks will be used. In addition, 101 inspectors from the “Lixo Zero” (No Trash) program and 90 blowers will be in operation, according to the Municipal Urban Cleaning Company (Comlurb). In São Paulo, the expectation is that the biggest carnival in the city&#8217;s history will also break records for trash: the city hired 2,947 agents to take care of the streets.

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