Two million people will be dancing around the streets of Salvador de Bahia Carnival in Brazil tomorrow.
A veritable sea of people will follow the blocos in dance rituals to the beat of the drums. The motorized blocos with huge speakers and platform where local musicians perform atop it, leading the crowd with their rhythms in what termed as
the biggest street party in the world
I can still hear the drum beat, uncertain whether it was throbbing to my heart’s rhythm or the other way around.
Carnival is celebrated in every corner of the world, however, the word “carnival” is almost a common term for Brazil Carnival. No? Okay, fine, it’s just me. It’s such a big deal for me that witnessing Brazil carnival is one of the only 2 items I have on my RTW list. The other one is diving the Galapagos.
Rio Carnival is still considered the mother of all carnivals. It is bigger, grander, and more famous world-wide. Rio’s world renown Sambadrome is after all the Greatest Show on Earth, and I tell you it-is-be-dazzlingly GRAND and AWESOME! Because I watched the winner’s parade LIVE! BUT Bahia Carnival is pretty special. In Rio, you watch the fabulous carnival.
In Bahia, YOU ARE the carnival
The Salvador Bahia carnival lasts 6 days and has the unique arrangement where the participants are identified through wearing abadas (a uniform shirt), whose purchase gives the wearer the privilege of accompanying a bloco (a float) during the carnival, or as a ticket to the vip lounges known as camarotes, where celebrities perform, food & drinks are served and more.
It sound a little bit complicated, but it is easy to understand once explained.
Bahia has made an effort to keep their carnival from becoming too commercialized and has succeeded, because it still maintains its original flavor, más o menos.
*This is a backblog. I was in the carnaval Feb 2012