By Nelza Oliveira
OLINDA, Brazil – Joyfulness and tradition join hands at Carnival street parties in two cities in the Brazilian Northeast: Maragogipe and Olinda.
The masks and costumes used in the 19th century highlight the Carnival celebrations in Maragogipe, a city in the state of Bahia in the Recôncavo Baiano region.
The celebration’s origin comes from the entrudo, a practice of celebrating during Carnival that was introduced to Brazil by the Portuguese and reached the height of its popularity in the 19th century, former Maragogipe Tourism Secretary Pedro Archanjo said. The festivities included throwing water, eggs and talc on people dancing in the streets.