Carnival in Salvador is basically the biggest street party in the world. Artists ride down three or more main routes on mobile stages. It is free, unless you want to hang out in a bloco, which is kinda like a VIP section that gets real close to the action. Each year over 2 million people pour into the city from all over the world to take part in this incredible ritual!
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Salvador Bahia Carnival 2010
Salvador Carnival 2010
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Enjoy the Carnival of Carnivals, the biggest Carnival on earth,
from February 7 to February 13th, in Salvador Bahia Brazil.
Salvador Carnival is "The World's Largest Party".
No other popular party in the world is more famous than Salvador Carnival
in Bahia Brazil.
It is an explosion of happiness you’ve certainly never seen before.
The Carnival happens in every city of the country, but no other city in Brazil
has a carnival like the Salvador Carnival.
We know that this may sound strange to foreigners who always ask:
“what about Rio?” No doubt, the carnival parade in Rio is maybe the
most beautiful spectacle in the world, but if you are looking for real fun,
the Salvador Carnival is the place to go. Salvador Carnival is different
and bigger. If in Rio you are a spectator of the parade, in the Salvador
Carnival you are the show. If in Rio the carnival parades are done in two
days, the Salvador Carnival last one week!!!
Carnival in Rio parade is just 700 meters of street while SALVADOR
CARNIVAL in Bahia takes kilometers of streets. Salvador Carnival,
or Carnaval (as it's spelled in Portuguese) always starts on a Thursday
(february) and it runs "officially" through Tuesday. Unofficially, Salvador
Carnival ends on Wednesday noon, with a big parade of Timbalada and
It is not a coincidence that thousands of Brazilians move to Salvador every
February. Let us try to explain how the things occur. Instead of the famous
parade of Samba Schools with those wonderful fantasies that most of the
people know, Salvador Carnival happen “behind the Trio Eletrico”.
THE SALVADOR CARNIVAL WAY:
Roughly speaking, the Trio Elétrico is a big truck, driven very slowly,
loaded with thousands of watts of sound equipments and with a band
playing on the top. Surrounding the truck, there is a big rope carried
by hundreds of security guards. This structure is organized by a private
company, called “bloco”. Each Bloco sells a different T-shirt called
This T-shirt is you entrance ticket and allows you to get into
the rope area. The biggest Blocos, like the Camaleão, have over four
thousand people, dancing, drinking, kissing and having fun during
Salvador Carnival. The people who aren't in blocos, and therefore
are outside of the roped-off areas around the trios, are called "Pipoca".
Inside the rope the security is good and the situation is reasonably
organized, what cannot be said at the “Pipoca”.
Lets get familiar with some Carnival terms:
The bands play on top of huge trucks called "Trios". The "Blocos"
are organizations who can manage one or more Trios. Sometimes,
one artist or band plays in different Trios or Blocos.
Camaleão where Chiclete com Banana plays, Crocodilo with
Daniela Mercury, Olodum and Timbalada
The party normally last for one week, until wednesday noon (March 9th).
The Salvador Carnival starts around 4pm, an earlier on Saturday and
Sunday. There are two Carnival Parade routes where the bands play.
One close to the old district of "Pelourinho" and another by the beach in Barra.
Each Trio plays almost every day in one of these routes. You can by an
"abadá" or a "camarote" for each day. If you want, you can also try
different Trios on the same day, with the alternative to see everything
the Salvador Carnival has to offer. In some camarotes you can have
free drinks and a dj ambience, having fun without getting too tired.
It also provides a great view of the party. Just remember that it is not
so safe and comfortable (for the first timers) to stay on the streets as
"Pipoca" (which means popcorn). If you want to bring your camera we
recommend to buy an abadá or a camarote.
Another traditional aspect of the Salvador Carnival are the Afro blocos,
important cultural agents for the resurgence of African-Brazilian identity.
The most famous are the Ile-Ayê and Filhos de Gandhi (Gandhi’s Sons),
over 5000 men, all wearing white/blue dresses and turbans.
So far, these are the parades during the Salvador Carnival:
1. Barra, starting at the light tower by the beach
2. Avenida, starting at Campo Grande square
3. Pelourinho, a small unpluged parade
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