Carnival throughout Portugal

  March 5 – 8, 2011 in Portugal

March is the season for Portugal’s Carnaval, a four-day celebration held the week before the season of Lent. Carnaval brings to mind the colorful and festive parades in Rio, but those traditions have roots in Portugal, the country that settled Brazil.

Parades and pageants have been part of Carnaval celebrations throughout Portugal for centuries. During Carnaval, the streets are filled with parade floats, lively music, dances, colorful costumes and revelers wearing outlandish masks. Carnaval went from Portugal to Brazil but now Portugal has taken back aspects of the Brazilian-style Carnaval celebrations adding glitz and glamour to the traditional parades and events. Continue reading