Salvador Carnival – What is it really like [with Pictures]

The annual Bahian Carnival happens in the capital of Brazil, Salvador.

3 million people attend, including 1.5 million from out of town.

There are many events, musicians, and parades. Here are some photos:


The percussion band Dida during a performance at Circuito Osmar.




Ivete Sangalo in Carnival of Bahia


Olodum Band



Dancer’s small parade with traditional costumes celebrating with revelers the Carnival on the streets. Salvadore, Bahia, Brazil.

Samba stamina: Get ready to dance the night away at Salvador Carnival, where the samba beats are as relentless as they are infectious. It’s like being part of a never-ending dance marathon, with everyone competing for the title of “Most Flamboyant Footwork.”

Costume chaos: At Salvador Carnival, the more outrageous the costume, the better! From vibrant headdresses to dazzling sequins, it’s like a fashion show where the designers have gone wild with a rainbow-colored palette and a bottomless supply of glitter.

Street party paradise: During Salvador Carnival, the entire city transforms into a massive, pulsating street party. It’s like being in the world’s biggest conga line, but with more feathers and fewer personal boundaries.

Music madness: With countless bands and performers spread across multiple stages, Salvador Carnival is a music lover’s dream come true. It’s like having your own personal playlist come to life, but with more cowbell and an unstoppable rhythm.

Sleep is for the weak: Who needs sleep when you’re at Salvador Carnival? The party goes on all night long, and you’ll be too busy dancing, singing, and soaking up the electric atmosphere to even think about catching some Zs. It’s like being in a 24-hour gym, but with more sequins and less sweat.

Food frenzy: From street vendors to local restaurants, Salvador Carnival is a veritable feast of flavors. It’s like being at an all-you-can-eat buffet, but with more skewered meats and a side of samba.

The great parade: The highlight of Salvador Carnival is the grand parade, featuring massive floats, elaborately dressed dancers, and a sea of spectators. It’s like watching a Broadway show on wheels, with the entire city as the stage.








Trio Tletrico is seen during presentation at the Osmar Circuit of Carnival in the city of Salvador.

The Salvador Carnival is by far the biggest street party in the world that happens in February. It lasts for 6 days, from 5pm to 5am.

The main parade areas are Barra/Ondina and Campo Grande/Avenida.

You can dance in the streets for free, aka Pipoca.

You can watch form a cabin, aka camorote.

You can can dance inside a safety area as member of Trio/Bloco.

It is a good idea to wear tennis shoes and do not wear jewelry.




Image of a member of the cultural group Boiada Multicolor, seen with a performance of Bumba Meu Boi during the carnival in the neighborhood of Pelourinho, in the city of Salvador.




Members of Itapua United Samba School are seen during parade at Pelourinho in Salvador city carnival.



members of Grupo Cultural Filo Brincante are seen in Pelourinho during the carnival in the city of Salvador.



Musicians from the Olodum carnival block




Salvador,Bbahia, Brazil – 2016: members of the Ile Aiye block during the Carnival parade