Considered by many to be one of Europe’s top celebrations of its kind, Madeira’s Carnival festivities are something to be experienced at least one in your lifetime! Fun and non-stop entertainment are all but assured during this season!
It is traditionally made up of not one, but two colourful and distinct parades: The Float Parade and the Trapalhão (Slapstick) Parade! The former is the more renowned of the two! A staple of any newscast covering the date, it always amazes attendees with its amazing colours, carefully decorated allegorical floats, Samba music and dance numbers from the many hundreds of participants that make up the groups on hand!
The Trapalhão Parade on the other hand is an open event more linked to political satire, the celebration of traditional items near and dear to the of locals or just good old-fashioned costume originality!
But the party doesn’t end there, as Funchal’s main square (which serves as the finishing line for both parades) keeps up the lively ambience by promoting live music, performances and a host of other fun events for both locals and tourists alike!
If you’ve already booked your stay, then check out this official events calendar for information on all the festivities! VidaMar Madeira is currently fully booked for these popular dates, but there’s always next year! Book ahead and be sure to join us for one of the island’s biggest parties of the year!