26 Feb 2019 1830
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Carnival in Madeira - 5-day Itinerary

Carnival in Madeira is the ideal event for those who enjoy revelry and mischief. It takes place over a week and a half, and the theme varies from year to year, always wrapped in beauty and fantasy.

In 2019, we celebrate the 600th anniversary of the discovery of the  Madeira archipelago. Find out what you cannot miss on this 5-day itinerary:

Friday: Children’s Parade on Avenida Arriaga

During Carnival, this avenue is filled with caricature decorations, food and drink stalls, entertainment and fun. There are shows with clowns, magic, theatre, masks and various music concerts.

On Friday morning, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the creative children’s parade take place. Hundreds of children, accompanied by their teachers, amuse themselves with their disguises. The parade begins next to the Cathedral and runs along Avenida Arriaga.

Saturday: Night of the Great Allegorical Parade

The atmosphere is one of enthusiasm, music and dancing. It is believed that this tradition predates the 1970s. Today, there are about 14 troupes and thousands of parade participants who dance and play musical instruments such as drums, rattles and trumpets !! The music, the colourful disguises, the dances choreography (rehearsed over several weeks) and the car decorations offer an astonishing show.

You can watch the parade sitting on the benches (paid) or from the street sidewalks (free). It is advisable to arrive at least one hour prior to the parade starting, to guarantee a place in the front rows. The Great Allegorical Parade begins around 8 pm.  It starts at Rotunda Harvey Foster, runs along Francisco Sá Carneiro Avenue, Avenida do Mar and Comunidade Madeirenses. It ends at Praça da Autonomia, only 450 meters away from the hotel Porto Santa Maria. Enjoy dressing up in your best costume because the party continues in the city bars, clubs and hotels. After all, it's Saturday night, and everyone dances a samba Portuguese-style.

Monday : Troupe “Sorrisos de Fantasia" show at Vila Porto Mare

In the restaurants Atlântida and Alfama, there will be a parade of the troupe Sorrisos de Fantasia, followed by a Samba Show in Portofino bar, between 9:30 pm and 10:00 pm. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend Saturday's allegorical parade, you will have a small sample of it in this exclusive event !!

Photo: @LuísFreitasPhotos

Tuesday: Carnival Party PortoBay at the Lido Bar

During the afternoon, you can watch the Trapalhão Parade in Funchal, an impromptu parade with free participation. It pretends to be a social satire, where everyone is free to express himself either through disguises or messages written on their floats. It starts at 4:00 pm at Francisco Sá Carneiro Avenue and ends at Praça da Autonomia.

At night, there is the fun Carnival Party in the Bar Lido of the Vila Porto Mare resort. This show is one of the highlights of the week !! In addition to a buffet dinner allusive to the Carnival theme, there will be masks, confetti, streamers and surprises. ..

The live coverage by Miguel Pires Trio includes a joyful and well-prepared repertoire !!

Wednesday: Show "From Broadaway to Lido" at Lido Bar

Have fun with the great Broadway hits !! Singers, musicians and dancers dress up, to present an unforgettable show. Surely you will remember past hits and create future memories. .. Sing and dance with us !!

To add extra flavor to the Carnival do not forget to taste "Sonhos" and "Malassadas", the sweet delicacies typical of Carnival in Madeira, made with flour and eggs, accompanied by delicious sugar cane molasses. They are at your disposal, this week, in the Atlântida restaurant buffet, in Vila Porto Mare.

Come live the joy of Carnival in Madeira !! See you soon ?
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