São Luis do Paraitinga, a city about 115 miles northwest of São Paulo, officially canceled its famous Carnival after a flood devastated the city's historic center last January. The city's reinvention of nostalgic street Carnival, with people dressed in costume and singing a mix of classics and new songs by locals, is one of the best-known celebrations in Brazil.
However, local residents celebrated Carnival in areas away from the historic center this Carnival, Folha Online reports. Carnival groups and bands let people know they were going out on short notice, and an estimated 800 people joined the festivities. The city expects to have its official Carnival back in 2011. Initiatives such as Projeto Enchentes (Flood Project) by Brazilian advertising professional Cristiana Soares, which centralizes information on how to help Brazil cities affected by floods and natural disasters, boost hope for São Luis do Paraitinga.
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