« I, as monarch of the festivities, declare open the greatest manifestation of popular culture in the
world, the Carnival of Rio. Long live the samba! Long live Brazilian popular culture! Long live the
carnival of Rio! » proclaimed Wilson Dias, King Momo of Rio Carnival 2022.
Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Carnival kicked off on Wednesday, after a 2-year hiatus. Eduardo Paes, the mayor,Eduardo Paes handed over the keys to the city to Rei Momo alias
Wilson Dias, the king of carnival. This symbolic act has always marked the beginning of the festivities except it had not taken place since 2016.
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The 2022 resurrection !
Years of abstention explained by the refusal of the previous mayor Marcelo Crivella to participate in this tradition and then by the cancellation of the carnival due to the covid-19 pandemic.