Have Fun with the Algarve’s “Carnival with History”

Carnival is always a source of happiness and fun for the whole family! If you’re in the Algarve during this period you can’t miss a different day where the most historic carnival traditions are in the streets of Ferragudo!

In this year that Ferragudo celebrates 500 years of history, The Municipality of Lagoa has prepared a unique and differentiating Carnival day.

On 25th February, Carnival Tuesday, the public visiting Ferragudo will be able to simultaneously enjoy and participate in different Carnival events and traditions.

Carnival with History will present four different manifestations of Carnivals around the world:

Entrudo Chocalheiro


Recently declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, it is one of the most interesting and enigmatic Trás-os-Montes rituals that marks the end of the winter cycle. It is the most genuine Portuguese Carnival and where the famous faces are found.

Gigantones and Cabeçudos

Joseolgon [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D

Parading at the pace of “Zés Pereiras”, composed of drums, boxes and bagpipes, this is a typical Carnival in the north of Portugal. The symbology of this tradition refers to pagan rituals that have been adapted to Christianity. It should also be noted that this tradition was exported to some regions of Brazil, being present at the Pernambuco Carnival of Olinda (Recife), in the city of Outro Preto, in the state of Minas Gerais and, also, at the Ribeirão da Ilha Carnival, in Florianópolis.

Brazilian Carnival

By John Foxx from Washington, EUA – Brazilian Carnival Parade, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65342679

Rio de Janeiro’s street Carnival is perhaps the best known worldwide, and the Samba Schools are the main protagonists of this Carnival.

The first official event was in 1932, however, the biggest growth took place in recent years, officially joining the Guinness Book, as the largest Carnival in the world.

Venice Carnival

Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D

The first records of this Carnival date from 1094, gaining greater dimension from the 17th century. Nowadays it is considered one of the most famous, beautiful and ancient in the world.

It stands out, above all, for the masks and costumes that try to recreate the style of the nobles, or the theatrical representations that eternalized characters such as the pierrots, Colombians and harlequins.

Schedule of Events

15:00> 15:40 – Representation with characters alluding to the Venice Carnival

15:40 > 16:20 – Entrudo Chocalheiro

16:20 > 17:00 – Parade of Gigantones, Cabeçudos and Zés Pereira

17:00 > 17:40 – Parade of the Latido Samba School (Brazil)

17:40 > 18:20 – Simultaneous performance of all groups

18:30 – Carnival Ball with the “Som Brazil” Group

With lots of entertainment, music, caretos, gigantones, samba and fun, there are plenty of reasons for you to join us at Carnival with History, on February 25, in Ferragudo, starting at 3 pm.

For further details visit Lagoa Municipality Facebook Page

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