Despite the cancellation of the Loulé Carnival along the lines that it takes place annually and since the Corsican parade that attracts thousands of visitors to the city will not happen in 2021, the Municipality of Loulé, the event organizer, does not want to let white this moment and will promote some initiatives alluding to this tradition strongly rooted in the local community.
“We live in difficult times, with a pandemic affecting millions of families around the world, and it would be impossible to organize a Carnival as we know it, with the gathering of the public and the enthusiastic interaction between the revelers. But we are aware of the importance of this party for the louletanos and we could not fail to point out and bring a little of the spirit of Loulé Carnival to all who are confined ”.
The main initiatives proposed by the Municipality will take place online, allowing everyone to follow this program in the safety and comfort of their homes, without jeopardizing compliance with the rules implemented in this state of emergency in which the country is.
On the 14th, 15th and 16th of February, a virtual exhibition with images from old editions of the Corsican, where the themes that have served as satire to the parade, artistic quality will be published on the Autarchy social networks, namely Facebook and Youtube. applied in the execution of floats or the beauty of the costumes and props of the extras that, for over 100 years, have given color and joy to Avenida José da Costa Mealha.
On February 15th, starting at 9:30 pm, it will be possible to attend an Online Carnival Ball. The traditional Gala Ball at “Palácio” do Nera is this year replaced by a ball broadcast in streaming, through the Facebook of the Municipality of Loulé. From the Solar da Música Nova Auditorium, the Fora d´Horas Orchestra takes to the home of the Louletan families, but also to all parts of the globe, known themes of Carnival, above all a lot of samba, which will certainly constitute an invitation little foot dance in the living room or any other improvised space in the rooms.
Although Av. José da Costa Mealha, known as the “louletano sambadrome”, does not receive the three days of carnival corso this year, the Municipality of Loulé will place some decorative notes alluding to Carnival in this enclosure, as well as in other arteries in the center of city, remembering that, despite the circumstances of the pandemic, this is a party that lives in the Louletan soul.
Created in 1906, the Loulé Carnival is today a true cultural reference for the people of Loulé, but also a tourist poster for the region and the main event held in the Algarve during the low season.