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Loulé Carnival returns this month

On 19, 20 and 21 February, Avenida José da Costa Mealha in Loulé will once again host the traditional carnival parade at 3pm, this year inspired by the joint application of the municipalities of Loulé, Silves and Albufeira to become UNESCO World Geopark - Algarvensis.

"Ó Zé... Have you seen Algarvensis?" is the question that will shape the parade where 13 carnival floats, 9 animation groups, 3 samba schools, gigantones and cabeçudos and more than 600 entertainers will parade during the three days, from 3pm to 5.30pm.

Could it be a caterpillar, a gecko, which animal will be on the loose this Carnival? The answer is simple: the king of this parade is the Metoposaurus algarvensis, an extinct amphibian similar to a giant salamander that lived 227 million years ago.

There will be plenty of reasons to have fun and lots of laughs at this 117-year-old merry-go-round.

Entrance tickets are a single price of 2 euros. The solidarity component will once again be a hallmark of this edition, and the ticket sales will be donated to a social cause.

For you to celebrate the spirit of animation and fun during the Carnival holidays, Vale do Lobo has several options and proposals available for you to enjoy to the fullest with family and friends, see the offers HERE.

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