Dozens of clothed dogs joined their owners in a carnival parade inside a private club in the Recreo dos Bandeirantes neighborhood. The parade usually takes place along the Avenida Atlantica bordering Copacabana Beach, but this year the mayor of Rio has banned any public celebration.
“Cariocas (as the people of Rio are called) carry the joy of the carnival in their veins.” Marco Antonio Marinho, 66, who has been organizing the dog parade for 18 years, said: We have invited a limited audience for a commemorative event away that prevents the 2021 Carnival from ending as if nothing had happened.
In this pandemic, many people have adopted dogs to treat their loneliness in isolation. In the face of COVID-19, we are with our dogs. “
On the show floor was Pocino, a clown dog and a Snow White clown, as well as a red-trimmed Sandy.
For many of the participants, the pet parade was an opportunity to leave confinement for a moment and restore some of the usual carnival joy.
“I couldn’t miss the show today.” Said Francesca Freire, who joined the show with the Yorkshire Terrier, Eve, dressed as a doctor in a medical yard, with a mask and a stethoscope, “It’s a spacious, well-ventilated and very familiar place.” Freire and her dog participated in the animal parades. Pets for six years.
It is an escape from quarantine. “In fact, the dogs take us for a walk,” Fried added.
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