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

They look like they are having fun.



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

The costume is cool looking.

I have been in big crowds like this and do not feel safe. I have seen many security guards there but it is not enough.



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.







I love seeing this picture of dancing.



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


This reminds me of Mardi Gras in New Orleans which I have attended.

I have always been fascinated by the vibrant colors, intricate designs, and ornate details of the costumes worn during Salvador Carnival. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world flock to Salvador, Brazil to witness this spectacular event. The costumes worn during the carnival are a true reflection of the rich culture and history of Brazil.

One of the things that I love about the costumes at Salvador Carnival is the sheer variety. From the traditional Baiana dresses to the more modern and eclectic designs, there is something for everyone. The costumes are also incredibly detailed and ornate, with intricate beading, feathers, and sequins. It’s amazing to see the level of craftsmanship that goes into creating each costume.

Another thing that makes the costumes at Salvador Carnival so special is the way they are worn. The performers who wear these costumes are incredibly talented, and they bring a certain energy and excitement to the carnival that is truly infectious. Seeing them dance and move in these elaborate costumes is a sight to behold, and it’s something that I look forward to every year.

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

I see some happy faces here. I like to bang on drums but am not able to do so with rhythm.



I have had some face paint like here. I forgot I was wearing it until saw myself in mirror.



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