CARNIVAL in SALVADOR

FEBRUARY 1999

 

Text and Photos Copyright ©2001 Mark E. Halliday

 

Glenn Glover joined me for Carnival in Salvador, the original capitol of Brazil, and is the "black soul" of Brazil.

After scrambling to get frequent flier tickets and visas,

we spent 10 days joining the millions of people in the streets.

 

We put on costumes and danced with the "bloco-afro" Olodum,

famous for massive lines of drummers.

I loved the Bahian music, and improved my Portuguese a bit!

 

 

 

Carnival logistics are different compared with Trinidad.

Each group has 3,000 to 10,000 members - in costume,

who surround two large trucks moving through the streets.

The front truck is a wall of speakers with a band on top;

the second is a rolling bar and bathroom complex!

 

 

A thick rope a mile long surrounds the dancers and both trucks.

500 security staff hold the rope to keep back the sidewalk crowds.

For six days, from 50 to 100 of these blocos are in the city streets at any one time!

People may associate Brazil with danger, but I was impressed by the eight-man police squads that were everywhere.

If someone started a fight, it was only seconds before the troublemaker was cuffed and hauled away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvador is a world-class destination with amazing 400-year old baroque architecture.

The old center of the city is called "Pelourhino" or whipping post.

 

Brazilians are clearly the most musical people in the world, and it shows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every night there are numerous bands playing in open-air bars along the narrow streets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text and Photos Copyright ©2001 Mark E. Halliday