Madeira Carnival 2023 (Full Programme)

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Why carnival is celebrated?

The Carnival is a celebration with a rich history that dates back to ancient Rome. It was a time for feasting and revelry, and it spread throughout the Roman Empire into different parts of Europe, where different cultures adapted it.

Carnival was also a time for social and political commentary in the Middle Ages.

In the Americas, Carnival became a celebration of African culture and a symbol of resistance against slavery and oppression.

Today, Carnival is celebrated worldwide, including Rio de Janeiro, Venice, New Orleans, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Carnival in Madeira

The Madeira Carnival, which started in the early 20th century, is a major cultural and tourist event, attracting visitors from all over the world.

The highlights of the Madeira Carnival include the parade, which features a procession of colourful floats and dancers, and the Tuesday parade, which is a celebration of free speech and creativity, featuring floats and costumes that use humour and satire to make a point.

So if you’re interested in experiencing a Carnival celebration that is both entertaining and thought-provoking, consider visiting Madeira during the Carnival. You’ll have a chance to see the creative and satirical side of the Carnival, as well as enjoy all the other festivities that are part of this exciting celebration.

What to do during your Madeira Carnival Festivities?

For more information about the activities offered during the Madeira Carnival, check out our list on the top menu.

Discover the Excitement of Madeira Carnival with Our Holiday Packages!

Take your celebrations to the next level by booking one of our Madeira holiday packages. Choose from 3, 5 or 7 nights stay in a variety of accommodation options, perfect for couples or those travelling together. Book now and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Madeira Carnival! 👉

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If you need a specialist to plan your tailor-made Carnival in Madeira trip, please fill in the form below. Our team will help you find the best hotels in Madeira and activities for your needs.

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