An explosion of colour and fun
After flirting with Monochrome this week, I though it time to inject a little colour into our lives. It seems ages since I waved and cheered with the crowd as the Carnival floats passed me by in Loule, but it’s only a couple of weeks. After 110 years of celebrating the event, this Algarve town really knows how to party. Can you shimmy? Or make like a pirate? Or maybe, be a mermaid?
Whatever you choose, you need to be good with paper flowers, and happy to smile and wave for three hours. That’s a lot of waving!
There’s always a Pierrot, and lots of dancing girls. The children are spellbound; many of them in costume and eager to be a part of it all.
There’s a large political element to the whole festival. The Portuguese love an opportunity to have a ‘dig’ at their politicans and celebrities. They have a valid point because money is very hard-earned in this country. But this is a time of celebration and it’s all done in a wonderful, family oriented spirit. And, of course, there are a few jiggling ladies for the dads.
The pirate theme is highly appropriate. Most people would agree that politicians rob and plunder. And if all else fails, there’s always Pinocchio.
I hope you enjoyed your trip to this year’s Carnival with me. Next year, maybe come along and we’ll party?
Meantime, it’s the weekend again. Hoping you’ll have a good one. Don’t forget to pop in on Cate at Six Word Saturday. And save some energy to come walking with me on Monday!