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Madeira Carnival in Funchal 2021

Joyful parades and endless fun on the streets


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Carnival means endless parades, dancing, and lots of food and drinks on the streets. On Saturday night, Funchal hosts the colourful and vibrant float parade with a thousand participants and thousands of spectators. This is the main attraction of the Madeira Carnival. The parade opens with music and dancing. It's impossible to stay aside and just watch. Carnival spirit is highly contagious​. On Fat Tuesday, the “Trapalhão” Parade (slapstick parade) is held. Participation is open to all. The participants compete in creativity, humour, and satire.

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