I’m sitting at my desk, hearing the drumming and general roar from the main avenue in downtown Loulé. It is Carnaval! And while no parade in Portugal can compete with the spectacular dramas in Brazil, it’s still fun to see the action here in my hometown — which happens to have the biggest and most popular Carnaval parade in southern Portugal.
The parade goes up and down the main avenue for several hours, three days in a row. I have never figured out how the dancers muster the energy to shake their booties nonstop during the whole parade, but they do have at least one incentive: the weather. It might be high summer down in Rio de Janeiro, but here in the Algarve it’s cloudy and 15 degrees (just under 60º F.). That’s fine when you’re wearing long pants and a sweatshirt, but some of those ladies aren’t wearing anything other than a thong and body paint. No wonder they’re shaking it.
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