Carnaval in Olinda, Brazil

We are having a wonderful time in Brazil.  Carnaval is at its height.  Bands with dancers (organized by Blocos) constantly waltz through the streets.  Music — always, everywhere.  Smiling, colorfully adorned people — very friendly and welcoming.  Yesterday I followed a children’s parade — dressed as Bonacoes: grand-sized figures, mostly human, often politicians (to be mocked, at times) or famous people, or traditional “types” of the culture.  The children were darling: often bowing to the cheering bystanders and local people watching out their windows. This is a cultural celebration — very rich, indeed.  See photos!P1130508

The children are marching is the heart -- in this hot and heavy Bonacoes - unique to Olinda

The children are marching is the heart — in this hot and heavy Bonacoes – unique to Olinda

Today the Coboclos came through town. “Coboclos das Lanzes”, they carry be-ribboned staffs. These are amazing, traditional dancers, “country bumpkins”, who come from the Sertao: the interior desert, a very dry area.  A mixture of Portuguese and Native Indian people, they combine Native dress and ways with elaborate costumes of feathered headresses, jeweled and sequined capes.  A clownish look is topped by “hair” — huge mops of hair, long, usually red-colored, or yellow, or orange that conceals the face.   Many carry flowers in their mouths.

Coboclo, on parade in Olinda

Coboclo, on parade in Olinda

Coboclo, Olinda, with a headdress of peacock feathers

Coboclo, Olinda, with a headdress of peacock feathers

Dancing woman Coboclo

Dancing woman Coboclo

And we are warm!  Which brings out the creativity us, as we relax deeply.