Porto de Galinhas is best known for its beautiful beaches and warm, sunny weather. Thus, tourists who are keen to experiencing carnival in Porto de Galinhas – something that’s common in the to-look-forward-to list among travellers – would be a bit disappointed not to get a glimpse of it in town (if there is, it isn’t as extravagant as that in the other bigger cities in Brazil).
Being a part of the state of Pernambuco though, visitors can take part in this colourful and merry event in many of Porto de Galinhas’ neighbouring towns.
Carnivals in Pernambuco state take place days before Lent. During this time, people from all social class go out the streets to dance and party together. Among the celebrations in Pernambuco carnival are the frevo and the maracatu, which are both traditional music of the state.
In Recife, which is only 60 kilometres from Porto de Galinhas, Brazil’s largest carnival parade takes place, the Galo de Madrugada – a Portuguese phrase for Rooster/Cock of Early Hours. It also holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s biggest carnival parade, with its number of participants considered.
Porto de Galinhas may not have the same carnivals as many of its neighbouring towns have, but the sights, and of course its beaches are enough to compensate it.