Salvador Carnival Celebrations
Get ready to the next Salvador Carnival Celebration.
Ever since the Carnival came to Brazil, Salvador has always presented a unique way of celebrating the biggest street party on the planet. In true African spirit, the Carnival in Bahia is a celebration of happiness; a spirit which involves participation by everyone. All are welcome to join in the celebration through song, music, and dance.
The driving force behind the week-long celebrations leading up to Ash Wednesday is the axè, an Afro-Brazilian beat that has made Salvador the musical capital of Bahia. The distinctive rhythms of the Bahian drummers overwhelm the 1 million revelers who dance until the wee hours every morning during the Carnival.
The Carnival in Salvador in all its frenzy does not forget to re-establish the ‘Black Pride’, with the followers of Filhos de Gandhi or Sons of Gandhi group making a strong statement of peace and brotherhood at the Carnival, spreading the ideals of the Mahatma.
Hundreds of blocos parade down the three main circuits on different days of the Carnival in Salvador. Special grandstands or camarotes are set up for the convenience of visitors who prefer to watch the colorful extravaganza. These seats are sold out as soon as the box office opens, giving tourists every reason to book early to avoid disappointment.
Alternatively, people can choose to dance along the route on the sidelines, which can be a great way to experience the true spirit at the Carnival without any cost. To accompany a Trios Eletricos all you need to do is purchase an abadá or T-shirt associated with the bloco, and sing and dance along with the celebrities.
As per tradition, the Carnival in Bahia kicks off with King Momo being handed the keys to the city on Carnival Thursday. The Trios Eletricos, which include popular bands such as Olodum, Timbalada, and Psirico are the center stage of the Carnival in Salvador that brings out the African flavor of the celebrations.
People are welcome to join these bands set atop motorized floats that get everyone into the Carnival spirit. There is no let up in the revelry which continues until Carnival Tuesday with the crowd getter bigger and bigger with each passing moment.
The Carnival in Bahia follows two main routes namely the Campo Grande circuit and the Barra - Ondina Circuit. Either way you can expect to join the best blocos and join in the revelry everyday of the week. For a more sober family affair, the Batatinha Circuit has followers of the candomble, an Afro-Brazilian religious parade in white and blue uniforms.
However, this is the best way to experience African culture. The final list of blocos for the next Carnival is usually released around the first week of January. However, most blocos alternate routes on different days of the Carnival.
Since the Carnival in Bahia is undoubtedly the largest street party you will ever experience, you need to make your reservations in advance. There are several Salvador Carnival packages that could fit into your schedule. However, you need to make your reservations as early as possible.