Allegorical Procession Tonight: Weather Forecast and Troupe Details

Carnival procession, typical scene

Weather permitting, it is time for the allegorical procession – the “signature event ” of Carnival. Tonight, at 8:00 pm, 13 troupes and a total of 1,600 participants will parade and samba through the streets of Funchal.  Hopefully, they have more luck than the schoolchildren heading off to their highlight in the rain yesterday morning – still in good spirits as they made for some hastily rearranged celebrations.

Showers are possible during the procession

Skies today are forecast to be generally very cloudy, decreasing in cloudiness from the afternoon onwards and periods of rain or showers, sometimes heavy until early in the morning, decreasing in intensity and frequency from the afternoon onwards.

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) predicts that the wind will be weak to moderate (20 to 30 km/h) from the northwest, sometimes blowing strong (up to 40 km/h) in the highlands, turning southwest from the end of the afternoon.

In Funchal, periods of very cloudy skies are expected, with increasing cloudiness at the end of the day and light winds (less than 15 km/h).

The sea will remain slightly agitated – on the North Coast the waves will be from the northwest with 3 to 3.5 metres, gradually decreasing to 2 to 2.5 metres and on the South Coast from the west/southwest with 2 to 3 metres, gradually decreasing to 1 to 2 metres. The sea water temperature will be around 20/21ºC.

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The full program has already been published here for the whole period of Carnival, with details for the procession tonight under the theme ‘Magical Nights on the Avenues’ below, with the order of departure for each troupe:

  • João Egídio Rodrigues – ‘The Kiss of the Sun and the Moon’
  • Samba School Caneca Furada – ‘Kings of Carnival’
  • Geringonça Animation Association – ‘Seduction Game’ 
  • Animad Association – ‘Arena’ 
  • Musical, Cultural and Recreational Association and Câmara de Lobos Choir (Turma do Funil) – ‘Animation and Folia’
  • Império da Ilha Cultural Association – ‘The Salt of Life’ 
  • Fitness Team Association – ‘Fénix’
  • Fantasy Smiles – Matrix Color’ 
  • Plots and Plots – Association – ‘The Dream, Magic and the characters of the night’
  • Madeira Batucada Association – ‘Oceanos de Folia’
  • Palco D’Emoções Association – Cultural, Recreational, Sports and Samba School Association – ‘The Magic of Precious Stones’
  • Os Cariocas – Cultural and Recreational Association, Samba School – ‘Bohemia’
  • Nuvem d’Afectos Animation Association – ‘Madeira, an Avenue of Light and Color’

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