Life Is Two Days, Carnival – Three

“É Carnaval, ninguém leva a mal” – say people in Madeira, which roughly translates as “what happened in Vegas stays is Vegas”. Another saying is from Brazil – “life is two days, and carnival – three”. What I mean is that people take celebrating of carnival very seriously – starting on Friday and finishing on Tuesday late night. The festivity ends with Trapalhão – a joking parade where you can be as crazy as you want with no limits.

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This year Teatro Metaphora chose to represent Rastafari culture in all its colors.

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Before you start criticizing, let me explain. This carnival is designed to laugh at social ills and norms, politics, religion etc. There is even a board of judges which chooses the best team, and this year the winner – “Banif Crash” (Queda do Banif) – showed the funeral procession of a Portuguese bank which was sold to Spain.

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We didn’t win, but according to public’s reaction, we were one of the best. The preparation took a while, starting from the idea, making our outfit, flags, decoration for the truck, a huge joint which we had inside, and setting smoke machines which were covering everything with clouds.

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The main characters in the parade were:

Our spiritual leader who really believes that marijuana must be legalized 🙂 It will take just a little more time, he shows with his fingers.

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Albino who needed the least preparation to look like Rasta.

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Cristina who made the best t-shirt design!

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Where is Rasta, there is Moribundo.

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Sofia who proves that rastafari can be elegant, too.

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Crazy man Fernando who was making barbeque on the truck during the whole parade and after.

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Luís who first offered a drink and then said hello.

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Rodolfo, real Rastafari during and beyond the carnival.

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Good people who not only gave us the truck but also joined the parade!

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And many-many more!

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During the parade no marijuana leaf was destroyed or mistreated.

Photos: Art Photography Madeira

https://www.facebook.com/art.photography.madeira


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