Carnajaó will feature musical shows and new facilities for carnival crowds
The traditional festivities at Prainha do Jao, a beach in Tumiritinga (MG), one of the most sought-after destinations of the Doce River Valley during carnival, features an upgraded setting. To ensure an organized and safe event, the location has been renewed. The Renova Foundation started the construction works in November 2017 in partnership with the municipal government and included improvements to facilities, such as the stage, dressing rooms, access, toilets and installation of recycling bins.
According to the town hall, local and regional artists have been confirmed for the Carnajoa event. Singers Erick Monteiro and Dani Morais have been confirmed, as well as shows by Expresso Tumiritinga and regional DJ’s. According to the town’s mayor, Jose Paulo Bretas Cabral, the carnival is expected to attract around 3,000 people daily, from other towns in the region, between February 9 and 13.
“Carnival in Tumiritinga is a tradition our people are eagerly looking forward too. With our greatest effort and in partnership with the Renova Foundation we are organizing yet another edition of Carnajao. I’m sure we will have a tremendous carnival and receive visitors from all over the region,” he says.
Renova Foundation’s leader of Infrastructure, Alessandro Jeronimo, explains that the developed actions have helped to make the beach even more organized for the residents and visitors. “We renovated the stage, the dressing room and the restrooms at the site. The installation of recycling bins will make it possible to dispose of the waste in a correct way and keep the site cleaner. We also improved the sidewalk located next to the river.”
Alessandro also says that these measures are part of the first stage of improvements for the beach. This year, there will be a second phase of improvements for the Prainha do Jao, for which is planned the installation of: six kiosks with sinks, showers, grills, tables and chairs. In all, approximately R$ 1.3 million is to be invested in infrastructure works at the Prainha do Jao.
Expecting to attract tourists, Carnajao should give the economy a boost, in this town located 66 km from Governador Valadares. For the shopkeepers of Tumiritinga, carnival envisions the possibility of accelerating the local economy. This is the case of Eliane Gomes Martins, owner of a bakery near Prainha do Jao.
“The last two years, carnival has been overshadowed by the Fundao dam collapse. Now, we hope this scenario will change. This is, for sure, the best time of year for sales in town, as there will be many people coming to Tumiritinga. We all hope that this year we will have a great carnival,” she says.
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