11/08

Best tips for the Salvador Carnival

Every year Salvador receives thousands of tourists to enjoy the biggest street party on the planet, the Carnival. The party lasts 6 consecutive days and has attractions for all tastes and styles in the main circuits. Know more details about our famous carnival here:

Circuit Batatinha (Pelourinho)

 In Pelourinho, the carnival is celebrated every year in a more traditional way. One of the objectives of the Batatinha circuit is to revive past carnivals and present a more familiar environment. Contests and parades are the main attractions, and there are many presentations in the fixed stages of Pelourinho with varied musical styles. It is also possible to relax a little from the party and enjoy one of the excellent restaurants in the area, which always work during the carnival.

Circuit Osmar (Campo Grande) and Dodo (Barra - Ondina)

The circuit Dodo and Osmar are the most famous circuits and have several bands playing on trucks equipped with speakers, the famous trio eletrico. The circuits are made on foot and usually take 5 hours. To get inside the ropes on the blocks, it is necessary to buy an Abadá (an exclusive shirt that counts as a ticket).
 For those who do not give up the exclusivity, the tip is to enjoy in a "camarote". Camarotes are big lounges with a view to the carnaval circuit that can be from the simplest with only the basic infrastructure, to high-luxury locations with all-inclusive system and own stages.
 Some people also prefer to save money. So, nothing better than the famous "popcorn", where you can enjoy the outside of the ropes and at no cost. There are even blocks without ropes that are open to the public. Just log on to the official schedule to see when they will occur.
Filhos de Ghandy
 
 One of the most traditional blocks of the Salvador Carnival, founded in 1949, the Afhos de Filhos de Gandhy became the largest Afoxé group of the Bahian Carnival. With its 'white carpet', contagious batuque and messages of peace, the group maintains the tradition of the African religion rhythm by the agogô. The costume is made up of white sheets and towels turned into turbans and every person that wants to take part of the group needs to be dressed like a "filho de Ghandi".
 The revelers start the party at their headquarters in Pelourinho towards Campo Grande on the first day, the next day they parade in Barra and on the last day they return to Campo Grande.
 For those interested in participating it is recommended to buy or book your costume in advance because the demand is usually very high.
 
 Ile Aiyê
 
 Born in 1974 and composed of rhythm artists, singers and black dancers, Ilê Aiyê is considered cultural heritage of Bahia, being the first Afro Brazilian carnaval group. From Yoruba origin, Ilê Aiyê can be translated as "Black's House" and occurs every year in the neighborhood of Curuzu, in Liberdade, the largest black neighborhood in Brazil.
 The musicality of the gorup follows a dialogue with rhythms derived from the African tradition, which help what the bloc propagates as "reafricanization" of the Bahian Carnival.

Olodum

Traditional Afro-Brazilian gorup, Olodum is currently a cultural group, considered a non-governmental organization that aims to combat social discrimination. During the carnival, the band performs most of the time in its place of origin, the Pelourinho. The sound of drums spills all around in a unique rhythm of joy, music and dance.