Even without the street festivities, Loulé and Alte celebrate Carnival at home

Covid-19 stops traditional celebrations

The pandemic may even prevent the traditional privateers, but Loulé and Alte will not fail to mark the Carnival, with online initiatives starting as early as next Sunday, February 14th. 

In Loulé, stage of the most emblematic Algarve carnival and one of the oldest in the country, the Chamber organized essentially online initiatives so that «everyone can follow this program in the safety and comfort of their own homes».

On the 14th, 15th and 16th of February, it will be published on the municipality's social networks (Facebook e Youtube), a virtual exhibition with images from old editions of the Corsican, where the themes that have served as satire for the parade will be remembered, the artistic quality applied in the execution of the floats or the costumes and props of the extras who, for over 100 years, give color and joy to Avenida José da Costa Mealha.

“We are living in difficult times, with a pandemic affecting millions of families around the world, and it would be impossible to organize a Carnival as we know it, with the gathering of the public and the enthusiastic interaction between the revelers. But we are aware of the importance of this festival for the people of Loulé and we could not fail to point out and bring a little of the spirit of the Loulé Carnival to all those who are confined”, says Câmara de Loulé.

On February 15th, from 21 pm, it will be possible to attend an Online Carnival Ball. The traditional Gala Ball at the “Palácio” do Nera is this year replaced by a ball held in streaming, through the Facebook of the Municipality of Loulé.

From the Solar da Música Nova Auditorium, the Fora d'Horas Orchestra will take to the house of all the well-known Carnival themes, with a lot of samba in the mix.

Although Avenida José da Costa Mealha, known as the “Louletian sambódromo”, does not receive the three days of carnival corso this year, the Loulé municipality will put some decorative notes alluding to Carnival in this area.

But there is another place in the municipality of Loulé with scrolls in the carnival festivities. This is Alte, which has what is considered the most traditional carnival in the Algarve.

This year, there will be no privateering, but the moment will be signaled from 16:00 on this Sunday, the 14th. There will be a special 5-hour broadcast broadcast on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Resulting from a joint organization of the Parish Council of Alte and the Municipality of Loulé, the live broadcast will begin by telling the story of the Carnival of Alte, through testimonials from the participants, videos and photographs, allowing to know the Carnival in its beginnings and its evolution.

“We will discover the development of car construction techniques (from the old crossbow cars to current tractors and vehicles), the social satire always present in the choice of themes and the tradition of community involvement. The recording of this first part will make it possible to create an audiovisual record whose information will be accessible to future generations», says the Parish Council of Alte.

In a second moment, from 21 pm, an interactive ball will take place, animated by Emanuel Martins and Válter Cabrita, with the particularity of those who attend being able to send photos and videos from their homes, which will be broadcast in real time.

The broadcast will be made from the Casa do Povo in Alte, where only the technical team, the presenter and the musicians will be present, who will undergo rapid tests by Covid-19 on the morning of the event.