The party begins on Saturday, early in the morning, with Recife’s biggest block party Galo da Madrugada (Portuguese for “morning rooster”). People gather there at 7 A.M., in the Sao José neighborhood, in the downtown area. In spite of the hour, the block gathers an immense crowd and they all roam the streets in costumes, dancing to the sound of frevo, a local music genre of Pernambuco’s Carnival.
In Olinda, you can go to Ze Pereira’s Carnival. A few options of party blocks you are going to find there are the “Eu acho é pouco” (Not enough), the “Mangue Beat Block” and the “Tá Bom, a Gente Freva” (Okay, Let’s Frevo!), each one particular in style, but all of them offering the giant puppets attraction. One of oldest and most famous puppet is the “O Homem da Meia-Noite” (Midnight Man), Pernambuco’s living heritage of almost 50 kilos and 3.5 meters of height.
On the streets of Olinda and Recife, there is a diversity of rhythms like maracatu, coco and ciranda. In these cities, Carnival’s main feature is its playfulness, and the main rule is to have fun!
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Drink lots of water and wear light clothes, a hat and sunscreen.