The Route of the
Main Procession on Sunday 17 April.
The route follows
very closely the route that is taken by the Carnival
Festival Troupe Procession in February.
The floats and troupes
start from the corner off the Avenida Luís
Camões and Avenida do Infante - just off the
Hotel Savoy or, more correctly, in front of the Park
Santa Catarina. The course will then contine
down the Avenida do Infante in an easterly
direction and past the roundabout into the Avenida
Arriaga. After the course has approached the Cathedral
in the centre the course turns around and reverses
into Avenida Arriaga again to turn immediately
right into the Avenida Zarco. At the top of
Avenida Zarco it turns right again into Rua
Câmara Pestana until it reaches the main
destination point - the "Largo do Colégio",
in front of the University of Madeira, City Hall and
the Jesuit College Church.
It is here that the
troupe ends and a stage performance is held.
- The Best Viewpoints:
Book a place on the
balcony of the Golden Gate Restaurant ! This
has a wonderful view and overlooks the course from
the first floor of the building on the corner of the
Avenida Arriaga and the Avenida Zarco. Moreover, you
see the course twice ! Once going in to the
Cathedral, and a second time when it returns to turn
right into the Avenida Zarco.
Other good spots:
municipal Baltazar Dias
The ledge off the Centro Comercial Infante
The Roundabout just off the Centro Comercial Infante
If you are lucky you will be able to buy tickets
for special seats that are put up for distinguished
guest but also available for customers.