SALVADOR CARNIVAL 2011 IN BAHIA
Enjoy the Carnival of Carnivals, the biggest Carnival on earth, from Mar3 to Mar8, in Salvador Bahia Brazil.
To find Hostels and Guesthouses in Salvador Bahia we recommend these guides that have realistic ratings about places which you can trust:
SALVADOR CARNIVAL APARTMENTS
Apartments are a great chance for groups, although you have to be careful from who you rent the apartment. A nice full equiped apartment with three bedrooms for six/eight people, walking distance to the beach and the carnival cost around BRL7500. You can find oceanfront three bedroom apartments for a bit more, but those with a Carnival front view cost really a fortune!. Logically price also depends on how you want to share the apartment, weather you want to stay two people in a room or more. There are also realtors and other places offering shared apartments what is also a good chance for couples or small groups who prefer the privacy of an apartment. The point with apartments is this: Carnival has two parades, one takes place on a very unsafe and ugly neighborhood, (forget about accomodations in the "Avenida - Centro" area) the other takes places in Barra - Ondina, fine and safe areas. So it's simply a matter of availability. Consider that two thirds of available apartments are occupied by families who agree to rent their places during Carnival, so this is another issue that makes prices jump so high, since these families have to pay for their accomodation somewhere else. When looking for a Carnival front view apartment it gets even harder since less than 1% of available places are Carnival front. This is why the sooner you book the better the deal. Considering price and trustability we recommend:
SALVADOR CARNIVAL PARADES & ABADAS
TIP: if you want to go to Salvador Carnival don’t think about saving money not buying "Abadás", they are absolutely necessary and worth the price! either to parade with the bands or staying in a "Camarote", a kind of balcony or tribune along the parade route from where you can watch the bands and when you feel like jump into the streets with the real crowd.
Lets get familiar with some Carnival terms:
The bands play on top of huge trucks called "Trios". The "Blocos" are organizations who can manage one or more Trios. Sometimes, one artist or band plays in different Trios or Blocos.
The most famous bands (Trios), but not necessarily the best, are Camaleão where Chiclete com Banana plays, Crocodilo with Daniela Mercury, Olodum and Timbalada
The party normally last for one week, until wednesday noon (March 9th). The Salvador Carnival starts around 4pm, an earlier on Saturday and Sunday. There are two Carnival Parade routes where the bands play. One close to the old district of "Pelourinho" and another by the beach in Barra.
Each Trio plays almost every day in one of these routes. You can by an "abadá" or a "camarote" for each day. If you want, you can also try different Trios on the same day, with the alternative to see everything the Salvador Carnival has to offer. In some camarotes you can have free drinks and a dj ambience, having fun without getting too tired. It also provides a great view of the party. Just remember that it is not so safe and comfortable (for the first timers) to stay on the streets as "Pipoca" (which means popcorn). If you want to bring your camera we recommend to buy an abadá or a camarote.
Another traditional aspect of the Salvador Carnival are the Afro blocos, important cultural agents for the resurgence of African-Brazilian identity. The most famous are the Ile-Ayê and Filhos de Gandhi (Gandhi’s Sons), over 5000 men, all wearing white/blue dresses and turbans.
So far, these are the parades during the Salvador Carnival:
1. Barra, starting at the light tower by the beach
2. Avenida, starting at Campo Grande square
3. Pelourinho, a small unpluged parade
1. Barra parade
The Trios start at the Farol da Barra (the light tower) and go along the ocean to Ondina. The course takes about three hours. Nowadays there is a tendency for the bigger names to play on this parade.
2. Avenida parade
Salvador Carnival's official opening is at Campo Grande, and this is where the political bigshots sit and where the Salvador Carnival contest of blocos takes place. The Trios move from Campo Grande by the Avenida Sete de Setembro to Praça Castro Alves. From there they turn around and make their way back to Campo Grande by Rua Carlos Gomes, parallel to Avenida Sete.
3. Pelourinho unpluged parade
It has been added in the last years No trios here, rather a lot of old-time marching bands.
SALVADOR CARNIVAL TRIOS / BLOCOS
From the musical point of view we recommend the following Trios: Olodum, Araketu, Tatau, Claudia Leite, Timbalada, Daniela Mercury and Psirico.
The Police Salvador Carnival is heavily policed, specially in Barra. Stands with a group of ten police officers are everywhere and the streets are constantly patrolled by these groups, moving in a single line and usually arriving quickly at any incident.
How to Avoid Being Robbed During Salvador Carnival The words "Land of Happiness" are often used to describe Bahia. While there is a strong element of truth in this, the reality (as in the cast of most things we learn) is a little more complicated. The larger truth of the matter is that you are in a poor city with plenty of inhabitants who would happily finance their own Carnival happiness at your expense. This means "pickpocketing" in an often grossly unsubtle manner, i.e. hands jammed into your pockets with no pretense at all made to disguise the fact that somebody is trying to relieve you of your money.
How to avoid this? One way is to stay out of and away from the heavy crowd called "pipoca", where is basically impossible to avoid pickpocketing. But who wants to come all the way to Bahia and do this?
Tie your keys into your shoelaces and keep your money stuffed into your sock.
Better yet: keep your money either in an inside pocket or in a change purse attached by a strong safety pin, to the inside of your Carnival shorts.
Better yet: use gym pants with no outside pockets at all.
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