Celebrated in the month of February the Madeira Carnival is currently a fusion between the traditional and the new Brazilian Carnival influences. The week of partying is a mixture of joy and rhythm. Carnival traditions such as masks, disguises, popular satire are mixed with the beats of samba adopted from the largest Carnival in the world, the Brazilian Carnival.
These two Carnivals come together so naturally culminating with the Saturday night parade where you can appreciate the samba, the sparkles and the glamour. There is also the Tuesday Parade where satire spontaneity and a lot of colour fill the afternoon.
The Parade of Floats On Saturday night brings thousands of tourists and residents to Funchal city centre to watch the main attraction of Madeira Carnival.
More than a thousand revellers participate in the parade in costumes often inspired in Madeiran tradition along with, a dozen beautifully decorated floats. Each group has its own choreography that has been practiced throughout the year, and they all dance to the sound of Carnival music. It is impossible not to let yourself be captivated by the joy in the air.
If you decide to come to Madeira at this time do not forget your mask, or buy from the large selection available. Each year we have come to see more and more groups joining the Carnival parade and even some hotel groups offer their clients the experience of participating in the parade. We believe that it is an opportunity not to be missed. Come be Madeiran for a day!
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