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Patricia Ribeiro

Olinda Hosts Post-Carnival, Releases Carnival '13 Numbers

By February 15, 2013

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Flor da Lira. Photo by Jan Ribeiro/Pref.Olinda. View full-size

Tourists visiting Olinda this weekend will find a handful of events wrapping up the post-Carnival season in one of Brazil's top Carnival destinations. The best one will be the Meeting of Blocos Liricos in the Varadouro district tomorrow (on Rua 15 de Novembro at 6 p.m.).

Blocos líricos occupy a category all of their own in Pernambuco and Brazil Carnival. Over 30 groups are scheduled to take part in the Olinda meeting, including Bloco da Saudade, Cordas e Retalhos, Flor da Lira, Madeira do Rosarinho and Pirilampos.

In the meantime, Olinda has released this Carnival's stats. One of the successful initiatives, in its second edition, was Camarote da Acessibilidade, an area for revelers with disabilities set up from last Saturday to Fat Tuesday by the municipal Secretariat for Social Development and Human Rights.

Photo by Williams Aguiar/Pref.Olinda. View full-size

According to a report from the city administration on the Official Olinda Carnival Guide, an estimated 450 people a day visited the area, which had multilingual interpreters, audio descriptions, a clinic and snacks.

Other numbers which tell of the magnitude and intensity of Olinda Carnival:

  • 2.5 million revelers
  • 98% hotel occupancy
  • R$ 120 M pumped into the local economy
  • 153 orchestras
  • 99 nighttime parades
  • 185 attractions at the city's Carnival hubs: Fortim, Sítio de Seu Reis, Salgadinho, Guadalupe, Bonsucesso, Maracatus, Samba, Amaro Branco, Rio Doce and Xambá.
  • 90 blocos, troças and other Carnival groups paraded on Fat Tuesday alone
  • About 4,000 people visited Click Digital (revelers' photo area) through the holiday. Photos were posted on the Olinda Tourism Facebook
  • 1,221 emergencies taken care of at the city's clinics
  • 217,000 condoms handed out
  • 390 free quick-result HIV tests carried out
  • 1,800 interventions from sanitary vigilance services

Take a glimpse into Olinda festivities in these Olinda Carnival 2013 set on the city's official Flickr and videos on their YouTube channel.

Fat Tuesday 2013 in Olinda. Photo by Williams Aguiar/Pref.Olinda. View full-size
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