Regular readers will know that Loulé Carnival is one of our must-see events of the Algarve calendar .. we absolutely love the colour, music, vibrancy and spectacle that makes up Carnival each year – and Loulé is the place to go!
The flags were flying and Loulé was buzzing as we arrived for the first day of the event – and we have never seen so many people lining the streets waiting for the floats to appear, having paid an extremely reasonable 2€ entry fee …
We lost count of the number of floats that passed us by .. many had a political theme, and ranged from the small statement…
to the politically topical Trump:
being fired out of a cannon by Putin:
watch out for those weapons!
The music is almost deafening at times – drummers, dancers and stilt-walkers, unicycles, and floats all pass by in a crescendo of colour and sounds:
The floats are a riot of colours and detail – we can’t even imagine how many hours have gone into making these beautifully themed floats:
And costumes – we loved the elephant!
Although it’s fair to say that some outfits were more revealing than others!
It’s always lovely to see how many of the crowd – especially children – also dress up for the event:
And that children of all ages are there to enjoy the parade – and the showers of confetti and streamers that descend all around them.
We loved capturing this older gent enjoying the sights from inside a first floor window above the street:
And these lovely ladies enjoying the parade through their Venetian masks:
And naturally the photographer was in his element today – here’s a rare shot for you of Dave in action:
Of course all the best shots this year are Dave’s .. so we’ll hand over to him now and share some of his favourite shots from the day here for you .. and there are even more shots for you to see in the gallery at the end of the post for you.
You can catch the Loulé Carnival again this year on Sunday 26th and Tuesday 28th February at 3pm.
Click on any of the images here to start the slideshow:
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