In Madeira, the Carnival season is experienced in a constant festive atmosphere, both with official initiatives and those of a more spontaneous character, deep-rooted in Madeiran tradition.
On February 22nd, Saturday night, a colorful and vibrant Great Parade takes thousands of visitors and residents to the city center. This is the main attraction of Madeira Carnival. Over a thousand revelers participate dressed in eye-catching costumes in addition to a dozen exquisitely decorated floats.
The “Trapalhão” Parade (slapstick parade), held on February 25th, Tuesday, represents the spontaneous parade that originally occurred on Rua da Carreira. Participation is open to all, both national and foreign citizens, either independently or as a group.