Salvador Carnival 2019! The Fuzuê & the Furdunço!

Fuzuê and Furdunço, two words meaning a disorderly dance or party of the hoi polloi, the first from Portuguese Portuguese and the second from regional Brazilian Portuguese…also nowadays designate two parades which — for all practical purposes — are the opening of Carnival in Salvador.

The Fuzuê is more folkloric, with the groups on foot, and the Furdunço is something along the lines of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, with “trios” smaller than the monsters which are Carnival on the avenidas (avenues) in Salvador.

This year these parades will take place next Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd and 24th, beginning in Ondina and moving along the coast to the Farol (Lighthouse) da Barra.

What time do they start? Nobody ever seems to say. Later in the afternoon.

BTW, fuzuê is pronounced foo-zoo-EY, and furdunço is pronounced foor-DOON-sue.

Much more on Carnival in Salvador here!