Updated on Nov.12, 2012Pitombeira dos Quatro Cantos is one of Olinda's most popular troças, or Carnival groups. They are the early birds of the city's prévias, or pre-Carnival festivities, traditionally kicking off the season with a rehearsal and a street party on September 7, Brazil's Independence Day.
Frevo, played by a brass band with veteran and young players, is the signature music of the group founded in 1947. The parades and rehearsals also feature the official banner, richly embroidered with arabesques and a representation of Olinda streets, giant puppets, costumes and passistas, skilled dancers in colorful attire doing frevo steps.
The name of the group comes from the pitombeira (Talisia esculenta) branches carried by the founders, a group of young men, in their first parades. They lived on Rua do Amparo and in the Quatro Cantos area.
Pitombeira dos Quatro Cantos has its headquarters in Historic Downtown Olinda. Their pre-Carnival and Carnival activities involve rehearsal parties at the headquarters and parades in the streets of the historic district.
Pitombeira dos Quatro Cantos in Olinda Pre-Carnival 2013:
There are usually pre-Carnival parties every two Sundays (for example, on Nov.11 and 25, 2012, with some other parties on the side. Check updates on Twitter (@pitombeira4) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/pitombeira4).
Pitombeira dos Quatro Cantos in Olinda Carnival 2013:
Keep up with Pitombeira dos Quatro Cantos on their Twitter and Facebook and on the Official Olinda Carnival 2013 website (not yet launched as of this writing).
Rua 27 de Janeiro 128
Olinda - PE