The theme for the 1999 carnival is a "Farewell to the 20th
It is scheduled to depart from Avenida do Infante at 20H30
in the evening with the troupe of "Turma do Funil"
opening the procession. This first troupe will lead with a thematic
costume retrospective of the fashions of the 20th century. Pretty
exciting theme. Considering the emormous amounts of fabric, chiffon,
and material brought over from the Canary Islands this will be the
troupe to watch ! (Watch out for those platform shoes and mini-skirts
After the "Turma do Funil" troupe proceeds
the "Escola da Samba Caneca Furada" with
their theme of "Bye Bye Millenium" will
dance past. Their theme will cover events of the last millenium.
With the impact of the European Union very strong on the minds of
many europeans the "Veteranos da Folia"
present their procession with a glittering blue and gold parade
of symbols, colour, and dress to celebrate the recent new social
order in most of western Europe.
Following them, the "Associação de Animação
Geringonça" will invert the retrospective main
theme of the carnival and look to the future. The 180 or so members
of the troupe will invoke motifs regarding a theme titled "The
New Era". (Expect to find some extra-terrestrial characters
The "A Escola de Samba Os Cariocas" troupe
will parade down the main thourougfares of Funchal this year with
a theme based on the role of the sea, its relationship with the
Island, Portugal, and the future - hence the theme title: "The
sea, our last hope".
The last troupe to proceed past is the group called "O
Sonho de Um Dia". Their procession highlights the Carnival's
main theme of saying goodbye to the century and the millenium. They
are expected to produce some of the more unusual and unexpected
costume and colour in this most revered of Madeiran festivals...
The whole parade and procession completes itself on the "Praça
do Município". But the enjoyment does not end. The
groups of participants and the many spectators join in frivolous
merriment and party late into the night, or into the early morning...