Carnaval in Recife


Recife holds one of Brazil’s most colorful and folkloric Carnavals. Groups and spectators deck themselves out in elaborate costumes such as maracatu (headpieced warrior), harlequin, bull and frevo (crop tops with ru…
Carnaval in Olinda


Traditional, colorful and with an intimacy and security not found in big-city Carnavals, Olinda's street party is hugely popular. Fast and frenetic frevo music sets the pace, balanced by the heavy drumbeats of marac…
Cultural in Caruaru

Festa de São João

Caruaru's Festa de São João is claimed to be Brazil's largest forró festival – 30 straight days of couples swaying to the accordion and triangle.