Torres Vedras carnival
Torres Vedras carnival maintains a strong traditional component, constituted by 13 large-scale allegorical floats, groups of masked revellers, typical figures wearing large carved heads, giant figures, and Zés Pereiras drumming groups, with traditional drums and bagpipes.
The Carnival Kings, both of whom are male, are normally personalities from the region. The two kings are accompanied by a court of caricature ministers and “Matrafonas (“grotesque matrons”) and also a caricature of the Royal guard.
Another special aspect of the Torres Vedras Festival is the fact that a pre-presentation is provided during the month of August, in Praia de Santa Cruz. This involves four days of festivities, including the presentation of samba schools, allegorical floats and lively Zés Pereiras drumming groups.
At the end of the 19th century, carnival was celebrated in Torres Vedras by means of dances organised by the municipality, without any street entertainment, except for several…
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