|The largest street carnival on Earth is held in Salvador Bahia, the
?Land of Happiness? and gateway to the tropical north east coast of Brazil.
Considered the most African city in the Western Hemisphere,
Salvador is a 450 year old city of many stories and contrasts. As the former capital of Brazil nearly all the mainly Yorub? speaking West Africans slaves were first brought to this City. Today over 80% of the City has African blood and the City celebrates African culture in its food music dance and of course its festivals.
The famous historic Pelourinho section of Salvador restricts amplified music but there will still be an abundance of polyrhythms rhythms here either from the radio or percussion. This is where the many old cathedrals and museums are located; a remnant of Salvador?s role as the gold, sugar and political capital of Brazil. It was named after the stockade where slaves were once punished and ridiculed On the sidewalks artists work in bright bold colors.
Some TIPS to enjoy 7 days with no trouble:
1) Join a bloco, its the simplest and best way to enjoy the Carnaval. When your not joining your bloco, wear and comfortable clothes and a cap you won't mind losing to the huge crowds
2) Good shoes like tennis shoes are important to making your Carnaval last.
3 Wear sun protector cream during the day.
4) Give preference to light food, salads, fruits, fish and chicken meat at meals. Street food is part of Carnaval but show some discretion and avoid the stand if you think it is unhygienic or concerned about the origin .
5) Drink lots of mineral water
6) Careful about valuables: Don't wear a watch or jewelry and don't use unsecured accessible pockets. Be careful about valuable cameras, consider using a disposable camera. Bring your money in a small bag under the shirt or stuff in a sock. Keep your keys in a secure pocket not easily picked.
7) Avoid arguments.
8) Children must bear identification: name, address and telephone number. They must join carnival only at specific points or during children blocos parades.
9. Carry ID and the address of where you are staying and perhaps the address where you wish to go
Joining a bloco is one of the safest options for the tourist who is at Carnival for the first time. The other one is watching the party from one of the boxes (camarotes) installed at Barra, Ondina and Campo Grande. At Pelourinho, you find the most calm Carnival with no amplified sound You can get there by car, with no problems, via Barbalho, and park easily at Largo do Carmo.
Foods feature the dend? (palm oil) which is also to be found on the West Africa by the name acar?. The berimbau is a symbol of Salvador, shaped like a bow, it is the instrument that forms the rhythm for the mesmerizing capoeira dance/martial art which is now taught all over the world but began here. The predominant influence is the Candombl?, the worshipping of the ancestral deities or orix?'s (orish? ) from Africa where each deity represents an element of nature. The mystical undertones also inform the Ax? (pronounced ah-SHAY) Carnival.
The City sets aside fifteen miles of streets on three circuits for six days of parades. Led by million dollar moving stages called trio electricos carrying well known bands playing the most popular songs of the season, thousands will come together while entertaining over 800,000 visitors. Each band hopes thousands will buy their abadas (large colorful shirts) and parade inside the ropes with them. The Carnival lies at the very heart of Brazilian identity where coming together in collective pandemonium is an emblem of the nation. The obsession with Carnival supports a huge industry of fun and helps Bahia maintain its reputation as the musical capital of Brazil.
Axe Carnival is the most popular Carnival form today in Brazil with many Cities importing t it year round for their own major festivals. An off season carnival in Brazil is called a Micareta and Bahia?s 2nd largest City Feira de Santana holds one of the largest. Bahia has other major pre-Lenten carnival destinations Porto Seguro, Ilheus, and Itabunand.
The third greatest Carnival in Brazil is also in the Northeast in Recife-Olinda but while it has a strong Ax? side to it is best known as forr? (for ?all) Carnival which refers to a frenetic dance step guaranteed to get your blood racing. Salvador Carnaval for many years has been the first to sell out, making Recife an attractive option for late bookers. Carnaval.com has an extensive guide for Recife Carnaval at www.carnaval.com/recife/carnaval
The early nineties the visionary governor of Bahia Antonio Carlos Magalhaes (ACM) made of Tourism it's main priority through major investments in infrastructure. Today the current Salvador Mayor Antonio Imbassahy is again taking big steps to turn Salvador into one of the world's greatest tourist attractions. Salvador's International airport is expanding to triple its size, a 20 berth cruise ship terminal is being built as is the city's first subway system. By 2003 all of Salvador will be enjoying treated water and a complete sewer system which will allow the now much improved All Saints Bay to be certified as environmentally safe.
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