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The giant dolls parade

22 Feb

Venue & Date: streets of Olinda, Carnaval Monday, February 2012.

The wonderful thing about Brazil is that Rio and Salvador aren’t the only places to experience the Carnival. Smaller towns like Olinda and Recife are as imbibed with the effervescent spirit of the Carnival steeped in strong Afro-Brazilian and Indian traditions. Most tourists head to Rio, but Olinda and Recife are extremely popular among Brazilians, as well as, among tourists.

Visitors and families (like ours) headed this Carnaval Monday for an encounter with the so-called Giant Dolls, an old tradition featuring 9 feet tall wood and fabric dolls, throughout the historic cobblestone streets of Olinda. The most famous doll is the “midnight man” or “homem da meia-noite”‘ coming to life at midnight on carnival Sunday, and officially kicking off the giant dolls party.

Parading bands, under the sound of Frevo and samba, accompany the excited crowd, until it’s finishing line, where all the 50 giant dolls, resembling famous people, celebrities, politicians, meet and dance with the cheering public, for hours!

Heading to the Parade

Where it all begins: waiting for the giant dolls to come!


The Maracatu Dancers, a “former president”, a “current president”, more giant dolls and pure joy!

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in ART, CARNAVAL, Fashion, humor

 

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6 responses to “The giant dolls parade

  1. Gilly Gee

    February 23, 2012 at 4:59 am

    You have shown us so much colour in this amazing country 🙂

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

      It’s part of my job, as a traveler… 😮 Just kidding… but if it were a job, I’d love to do it! 😮

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  2. cobbies69

    February 22, 2012 at 6:24 am

    some great photos and memories being made. looks like a fun time..;)

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 22, 2012 at 7:24 am

      And it sure was a great deal of fun! For the whole family, including a couple of visitors, my brother & wife… Everyone delighted with the colorful party! Thanks for comment, Cobbies69! Much appreciated.

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