This is the last day of Carnival, so we decided to go to Olinda first and then back to Recife for the evening and risk having to walk back to the boat.
Olinda was jam packed and we made our way up and down the hills. The theme for today is the procession of the giant effigies. In one street we found giant statues on the side of an impressive looking building.

Statues on the building.

Statues on the building.

I think the girl in the foreground is either mimicking he statue behind, or she's giving her boyfriend a hard time!

I think the girl in the foreground is either mimicking the statue behind, or she’s giving her boyfriend a hard time!

 

We moved with the crowd into the church square and managed to find a space on the church steps.

Our view from the church steps.

Our view from the church steps.

Procession of the Giants.

Procession of the Giants.

The square was full of street food and we bought a dish of manioc and sun dried beef and onions….very tasty.

One of the food stalls.

One of the food stalls.

Olinda has a very relaxed and friendly feel to it. Everyone just gets on with their own thing in their own time.

A group of musicians just struck up in the road.

A group of musicians just struck up in the road.

The crowds are good humoured and everyone had fun.

And so on to Recife for the rest of the afternoon and the evening.

Driving back into Recife

Driving back into Recife

The marked difference in the crowd this afternoon, was that there were lots of families out and about and in costumes.

Practising in the square ready for the evening.

Practising in the square ready for the evening.

The blocas were out and about and having a great time. Here are some of the photos that sum up the evening.

Young and old out on the tiles

Young and old out on the tiles

So elegant

So elegant

Boys and girls in a bloca

Boys and girls in a bloca

One of the blocas dancing their way down  the street

One of the blocas dancing their way down the street

Impressive!

Impressive!

Drumming samba band.

Drumming samba band.

Happy MC

Happy MC

Streets full of people.....

Streets full of people…..

We left them all to it. The head lining act on the stage didn’t start until 3 in the morning! The Brazilians certainly have stamina. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing it all and meeting some of the people. It’s just a shame that the marina is too far out of the town to walk in and out safely…..I know Marcus, party animal that he is, would have gladly stayed longer!

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