Festivals Random

Shrove Tuesday in Portugal

Involves lots of costume, laughter and revelry!

You’ll hear much about Loulé having the oldest carnaval in the Algarve, in fact I even said that myself in Monday’s carnaval post. However I have discovered today that in fact Moncarapacho has the oldest carnaval. dating back 119 years.

Originally everyone walked, then there were mules and in 1913 the first motorised vehicle appeared. Now of course it is a combination of floats pulled by tractors and revellers on foot. There were apparently 15 floats today and around 500 participants, quite extraordinary for a small town of around 5,000 residents.

Now you also follow Restless Jo you may remember her mentioning the Moncarapacho carnaval last year. We were far more fortunate than Jo though as she had rain, and as you can see we had brilliant sunshine. There was a cold wind though, which both we and the participants noticed!

By the way did anyone spot and recognise the police car in the second gallery. Same one as seen in São Brás de Alportel on Sunday, and they were not the only one who had decided to join in with the fun today in Moncarapacho. See if you can spot them later on! Talking of spotting things, there is something in the next gallery especially for Anabel. Here’s a hint it is my way of wishing everyone a very Happy International #bookgivingday for tomorrow!

Moncarapacho’s carnaval is known as the ‘Battle of Flowers’. There are no longer any battles but every float was covered in paper flowers. The amount of work that has gone into these is quite extraordinary. For more information on some of the amazing volunteers who create these masterpieces, check out this article.

The carnaval began shortly after 3pm and it takes about an hour for every float to go past, but it doesn’t stop there. They keep going until after 5pm, and then there is the dancing. So you can follow a favourite float, move to a different spot as they continually go around the village or if you want simply turn up later. It’s your carnaval so you do what works best for you, but note parking does become more awkward the later you leave it!

I cannot do justice to the work of Dona Maria Isménia and the other volunteers who created the floats in one post, so I am going to prepare a second for us one day soon. For now though let me finish with the medley of short videos I mentioned, and don’t forget to look for the lovely group from São Brás de Alportel.

 

17 comments on “Shrove Tuesday in Portugal

  1. Reblogged this on msamba.

    Like

  2. This looked like fun! I love the colorful costumes, and how much everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I’m very curious what their Carnival balls must be like. One of these years I’ll get Mick there. 🙂 🙂 Thanks for the link, darlin! There’s a shot of the very arcade under which we hovered between showers. So much enthusiasm! It’s wonderful, isn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Some of those participants must have been chilly! It surprises me to see such undressed women in a very catholic country. A lot of hard work must have gone into those costumes and floats though.

    Liked by 1 person

    • They must have been freezing! Very brave women.
      Not sure how strong a hold the Church has these days. Doesn’t feel that strong. I don’t have to cover my head when I enter the churches and there isn’t a rush for church when the bell tolls. So maybe its hold was broken at the same time as the revolution?

      Liked by 1 person

  5. I do spot the pike of books and the beautiful illuminated text! I feel we lack a grumpy Viking though.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lovely gallery of colourful joy and fun for everyone! Thank you for brightening my day!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. So vibrant and colourful. These days look like a lot of fun for everyone.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Looks like a lot of fun!

    Liked by 1 person

Spark a great conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: