It’s now the fifth day of Salvador Carnival (with one more to come) and this gringo is more than tired after dancing in the streets for four days already, checking his wallet and smartphone every half an hour and staggering to his dorm at 4am waking up everyone and his wife.
I mean, even Rio Carnival only lasts five days. Reading Festival only three. This is like having Glastonbury come to your door with Brazilian bands on top of a trio eletrico, a 25-metre-long lorry, playing music on three different simultaneous circuits a day in processions lasting for over 12 hours.
But enough of talking, this is supposed to be a photo-essay. Enjoy the images if not the sounds of Salvador Carnival 2012.
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This all-male bloco carried a mattress and willing women were brought by a member to lie on it for an extended kiss.
Bloco Alerta Geral, Circuit of Campo Grande
Barra is the best and safest circuit to follow.
Bloco Techno with Bob Sinclair DJ
Alexandre Peixe in action
Afro dancers on the bloco of Carlinhos Brown
Every trio electrico is followed by a support lorry for its paying fans,
Salvador carnival is time to drag up.
Groups of youths dress alike even if not in a bloco to establish some identity
The Policia Militar is always busy ensuring you have a safe time.
Every night there are free concerts in the Largo do Pelourinho
Sunday of Carnival belongs to Filhos de Gandhi, an all-male bloco
Carnival desire on the streets
The guy’s pick up sign says “Wow, if I get you!”
Every few hours there’s a different dancing march in the Pelourinho
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