Loule, the Capital of Carnival in Algarve

Portugal’s oldest street carnival will be in full swing on 6, 7 and 8 March along central Loulé’s Avenida José da Costa Mealha with the theme ‘E Nós Por Cá’, a satirical look at Portuguese society, politics and the problems the country is currently facing.From 3pm each day, Loulé’s central avenue will be transformed with a parade of 14 floats, decorated with puppets of national politicians including former sea minister and popular party leader Paulo Portas and Prime Minister José Socrates.

The parade will also include Samba dancers, entertainers and live music, for an entry fee of two euros that will go to the Associação Social e Cultural da Tôr for the construction of a retirement home.

Aside from the parade, Loulé Town Hall also promotes other events such as sporting activities and galas, to encourage more visitors.

On 5 March, primary and pre-primary school children from across the municipality will be parading in costumes along the main avenue from 3pm. At 4pm on the same day, the Salão das Festas will host a party for the elderly.

On 7 March, from 10pm there will be a casino-inspired Carnival Ball at ‘Palácio do NERA’, which will include live music by the Art & Música Big Band and the ‘Quarteto For a de Horas.’

Between March 5 and 8, Praia da Falésia will be hosting the first Carnival Kitesurf competition and the 37th International Carnival Sailing Tournament on 5, 6 and 7 March.

On 5 March, there will also be a Bike Meet from 1pm in front of the Monumento Eng. Duarte Pacheco in central Loulé, while on 8 March, the city will host an athletics championship.

As well as Loulé city, Alte and Quarteira also host carnival parades.

source: algarvemais.com


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