The Carnaval of Torres Vedras takes place from March 01 to 05, waiting for 400 thousand visitors, but opens this Saturday the festivities with the inauguration of the monument allusive to this year’s theme, ‘Made in Portugal’.
The budget for the event increases from 730,000 euros in 2018 to 750,000 euros this year.
This year there is an “increase in costs with the extension of the cleaning perimeter at the end of each night and with security to search visitors at the entrances”, said César Costa, chairman of the board of municipal company Promotorres, organizer of the event.
The magazines, as well as the blocking of the access roads to the Corso with heavy vehicles, are preventive measures to reinforce the security within the event.
Carnival has this year as a theme ‘Made in Portugal’, inspired by everything that is typically Portuguese, as alluded to the monument, which opens this Saturday in the center of the city, displaying a huge cock of Barcelos.
There are Portuguese symbols, such as the aqueduct of the free waters, the traditional electric, or the figure of Zé Povinho, alongside the footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Eusébio, artists Joana Vasconcelos, Marisa and Amália Rodrigues, old and current national and international politicians , and sports leaders, all victims of the traditional satire of this carnival.
At the inauguration of the monument are expected several thousand people, including masked, representatives of groups, drums, ‘cabeçudos’ and ‘zés pereiras’.
This is Portugal’s most Portuguese carnival, and this year’s popular Portuguese music features the concerts of artists Rosinha and Saul on Saturday and Monday nights in one of the four outdoor stages.
On March 1, the school Corso is held in the morning, with about nine thousand children and young people from the county schools and, at night, the enthronement of the kings of the Carnival, with Fernando Martins to dress for the first time king , after a 12-year reign of his predecessor, Ricardo Miranda.
Carnival maintains the usual day and night corsets, in which floats parade floats known for political-social satire and thousands of masked revelers, many of whom are disguised as matrafonas (men masked as women), as is typical in the county.
The organization decided this year to reduce from eight to seven floats, to facilitate circulation, in the face of the influx of people on the streets.
After the Corsican, the animation continues to dawn outside to the sound of ‘DJs’ in the bars and on stages installed in outdoor enclosures in the city.
The festivities attract around 400 thousand visitors a year and generate revenues of around 10 million euros in the local economy, prompting this year the Ministry of Economy to join the event.
The chamber applied in 2016 for its 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).