Where Brazil began
I decided to talk about my hometown today, Salvador-Bahia-Brazil. While living in Brazil, I was fortunate to go to other cities but Salvador has its unique essence. I will start with some background than introduce to you about Salvador’s Carnival.
Salvador was Brazil’s fist capital, from 1549 to 1763, and since then it has witnessed the blending of European, African and Amerindian cultures. The city was also the first slave market in the New World, with slaves arriving from Africa to work on the sugar plantations. The city has managed to preserve most of its infrastructure during this era. For example, the old town known as the Pelorinho, with its brightly colored houses, often decorated with fine stucco-work, a weather-resistant mixture of dehydrated lime, powdered marble, used in decorative moldings on buildings.
Salvador’s carnival is very famous within Brazil and worldwide. The event happens every year and features about 224 “blocos”, carnival groups. They are comprised with 61 blocos afros, 28 afoxés, 36 samba blocos, 21 percussion blocos, 7 percussion and wind instrument blocos, 39 trio elétricos (Check out picture below), 2 Indian blocos, 8 transvestite blocos (the 2013 theme for the costumes of the most traditional transvestite bloco — As Muquiranas — will be Aphrodite, Goddess of Love…watch out!), 8 childrens’ blocos, and 4 “special” blocos. There are also orchestras and much more to check out.