Into Recife this morning to see what’s going on. The answer…..not a lot!
We were almost the only people, other than the street cleaners, wandering around. All the street stalls were closed, but one or two cafés were just about open. It was good to wander around unimpeded by the crowds and see what was there. It had that relaxed feeling of the morning after a party with everyone slowly getting into gear.

The theatre cafe just about open

The theatre cafe just about open

Carnival street decorations

Carnival street decorations

We came across this at the end of one street.

Big Boom Box at the end of the street

Big Boom Box at the end of the street

it had to be done….

Press 'play'

Press ‘play’

Turn it down!

Turn it down!

We weren’t the only ones enjoying the gentle start to the day. These musicians sat down at the theatre cafe and could actually hear themselves play

Just playing for fun, not money.

Just playing for fun, not money.

…..and this little girl was loving having the space to dance.

Dancing to the sound check on the stage.

Dancing to the sound check on the stage.

After lunch people started arriving and the main stage was given over to the ‘blocas’ or walking groups, in all their finery. These usually consist of banner holders, a band, men, women and small children dressed in the mode of the bloca plus some energetic young dancers.

One of the blocas preparing to go on stage

One of the blocas preparing to go on stage

I don't know the significance of the horses......maybe a bit like a Morris dancers hobby horse?

I don’t know the significance of the horses……maybe a bit like a Morris dancers hobby horse?

The costumes must take all year to make. It’s great to see all ages involved and everyone dancing their way forward. I think the youngest child we saw in the procession was about two and this wonderful woman was 80 if she was a day.

Over 80 degrees, over 80 and still going strong!

Over 80 degrees, over 80 and still going strong!

We stayed and watched the blocas for a while on the stage and then headed out through the crowds and processing blocas towards the taxis……home before dark today!
Last day of Carnival tomorrow!

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