Carnival of Torres Vedras reached half a million visitors this year
The Torres Vedras Carnival registered half a million visitors during the six days of the event, a hundred thousand more than in 2018, this year allusive to the theme ‘Made in Portugal’, announced today the organization.
The number includes not only those who attended and participated in the daytime corsets on Sunday and Tuesday and Saturday and Monday night, as well as the visitors who were in the streets, squares, and bars of the city where the animation lasted until morning to the sound of DJ.
“Globally the Carnival went very well, with full courses. On Tuesday the Corsican had fewer people to attend, contrary to the number of participants, despite the threat of bad weather,” said César Costa, president of the municipal company Promotorres, who organizes the event.
This year’s edition of the Torres Vedras Carnival, in the district of Lisbon, presented “as the most Portuguese in Portugal”, was marked by the reinforcement of security measures, the organization said in a statement.
Inspired by everything that is typically Portuguese, many revelers adapted the mask, disguising themselves as, for example, varinas, fishermen, minhotos, captains of April, roosters of Barcelos, Amália Rodrigues or Camões.
On Saturday, integrated into the night course, the contest of masked groups gathered 2,300 revelers spread out in 44 groups.
The group “cúzidinho à Portuguesa“, in which the participants disguised themselves as a pan with all the ingredients of a typical Portuguese stew, obtained the first place of groups and the choices of the public.
In addition to the creativity and spontaneity of the masqueraders, the Torriense Carnival is also known for the “matrafonas” (men masqueraded as women) and for the political-social satire of the floats.
The Chamber of Torres Vedras applied in 2016 for Carnival to Intangible National Heritage, the first step to be recognized as a World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).