Rio de Janeiro expects 2.7 million people for its New Year's party

Rio de Janeiro expects 2.7 million people for its New Year's party



Rio de Janeiro expects some 2.7 million people to attend its traditional "Reveillon", the party that welcomes the New Year and traditionally celebrates in Copacabana, the iconic beach of the most emblematic city of Brazil.

The Mayor of the "Cidade Maravilhosa" expects to exceed 2.5 million people who attended the celebration of the New Year in 2017, which is estimated an economic movement of about 700 million dollars.

With a hotel occupancy that already reaches 85%, the council already have logistics and security measures ready for the event that this year will offer a fireworks display of 14 minutes, more than ten hours of musical concerts and a play of lights and sound that will give life to the emblematic Christ the Redeemer.

Hotel occupancy caused the authorities to increase their audience projection to 2.7 million on Thursday, as initially only slightly more than 2 million people were expected.

The burning of the fireworks will be done from ten rafts, with a total of 16.9 tons of pyrotechnic games that, accompanied by music, will cover the colorful sky.

Artists such as Gilberto Gil, Marco Vivan, the band from Ipanema, Baby do Brasil or DJ Dakid, among others, will meet on December 31 in Copacabana to welcome the 2019.

A total of 1,774 municipal guards – 67% more than last year – will work together with the police authorities throughout the city and 3,379 workers of the "Orange Army" will be responsible for cleaning their streets.

The surveillance will be supported with 596 cameras that will help the authorities to monitor the Copacabana beach and its surroundings, as well as other places in the city that will also have shows and celebrations to receive the New Year.

The Copacabana beach will also be reinforced with four medical posts and 40 ambulances, apart from 800 bathrooms, 20 communication towers and areas reserved for the press.

The roads around Copacabana will be closed for public and private vehicles, so arrival at the place can only be done on foot or by metro.

For this, the mayor also plans a scheme that will allow attendees to arrive at different hours to the beach to avoid agglutination.

The show will start at 7:00 pm local time (21:00 GMT) and will last until dawn.

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