Carnival of Recife is one of the best known in the world and one of the most attended in Brazil. Recife, the capital of Pernambuco state was, as every year, the stage of various cultural events: the sound of Frevo, Maracatu (an Afro-Brazilian rhythm), samba, rock, reggae and many other musical styles.
The Multicultural Carnival of Recife is democratic, popular and, especially, original in its format. Completely decentralized, with pools of entertainment throughout the city, this format is undeniably a success. Shows are free and of high quality, both in presentations of carnival groups, and in stage shows with well-known artists and orchestras.
It all starts early Saturday morning (5 March), with the parade of the block “Galo da Madrugada” (Early Morning Rooster) touring the streets of the centre of Recife. The sculpture of a Galo (cock, rooster) with a height of more than 6 metres is the sensation of the bloc.
Last year was the first time without the founder Enéas Freire, who died in 2008.
New is, that with some 20 trio-elétricos leading the party of some 1,5 million foliões (revellers), the bands don’t play solely frevo (frevo is a rhythm from Pernambuco derived from the march, the maxixee (Brazilian tango) and the capoeira).
The Galo travels a route of 4,5 kilometres and it is considered the largest carnival block in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.