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Brazil Carnival; World’s largest Street Party

Frevo music, hilarious costumes and native Brazilian style

RECIFE, BRAZIL: When it comes to the Brazil Carnival, Rio de Janeiro is up for some stiff competition from the city of Recife. This city north east in Brazil is internationally famous for Carnival celebrations and the World’s largest street party. So, if you want to experience real carnival spirit, be there in February. Remember, Frevo is the music – in Recife samba is not the big deal.

Carnival in Recife. Energetic crowds dance to the rhythms of drums and horns in an array of the most creative and hilarious costumes. Make sure, you cannot afford to miss this. Recife is an excellent choice if you want to celebrate the Carnival with a native Brazilian feel.

The Carnival in Recife is organized by the people with the objective of everyone joining in to experience the joy and real spirit.

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Music and Passion

The passion for frevo is the strongest at the Carnival in Recife. With the unique native Indian and African maracatu beats leaving the revellers craving for more. The energy of the frevo is at the forefront on Saturday morning with the Desfile do Galo da Madrugada. Anoter name is Parade of the Rooster setting off the largest Carnival in the world alight. You can join the crowd of over 2 million along the route around the central area of Recife. It´s party until the crack of dawn.

Party till Crack of Dawn

Recife Carnival is one of the biggest events with people joining in six straight days and nights of revelry. Rooster of the Dawn signifies the commencement of the Carnival in Recife with everyone dancing to frevo and samba. You will find several people dressed up as celebrities, so don’t be surprised to see Barack Obama or Fidel Castro waving. Most significantly, the Carnival is free for all with blocos or groups allowed to play their own variety of music and put up their own show.

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When The Drums Fall Silent

Another spectacular event is The Night of the Silent Drums that takes place at Praça Terco in Recife. The centre turns into a mini Africa where the drums beat to the rhythms of the samba, afoxe, maracatus, and reggae, getting more and more intense as midnight approaches. At midnight, drums fall silent in tribute to the town’s ancestors, followed by a prayer offered by the priestess of Umbanda. This is a great sight to watch as the locals lift up their hands in gratitude to their god.

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The place to be

If you want to be in the midst of the largest crowd in Brazil Carnival, then Recife is the place to be. The parade begins from the historic Recife landmark, Forte das Cinco Pontas. A huge statue of a rooster making its way down the streets of Old Recife. Everyone is welcome to join the crowds dancing to the frevo played by bands or trios elétricos set atop trucks. Although costumes are not mandatory, it is always good to keep up with the tradition. For those who like to watch, there are mezzanine boxes or camarotes set up along Avenida Guararapes purchasing tickets.

The beaches

The coast of Pernambuco is a very long beach that attracts many tourists for its white sand, clear waters and coral reefs. Amongst all of the beaches, the most beautiful is supposed to be the Boa Viagem beach in Recife. It has clear waters with its coral reefs, as you can feel them when the tides recede. They all have the facilities of an urban beach to make visitors comfortable.

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Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Always traveling the world. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I don´t collect countries or require gorilla-stalking in Africa. I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.

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