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Parintins Folk Festival


Parintins Folk Festival is a popular annual celebration held in the Brazilian city of Parintins, Amazonas, is one of the largest the annual festival in Brazil, that takes place during three days in late June. The festival celebrates a local legend about a resurrected ox. It is also a competition where two teams, Garantido and Caprichoso, compete in extended retellings of the story, each team attempting to outdo the other with flamboyant dances, singing, andparade floats. Each team has to complete its show within two and a half hours. A team that does not follow this time limit is subjected to points penalties. Each nightly performance is largely based on local Amazonian folklore and Indian culture, but also incorporates contemporary Brazilian rhythms and themes.The place where the teams present themselves is called "Bumbódromo", a round, grounded stage. The "Bumbódromo" supports 35.000 people in the audience.

It is common for local people to tell the visitors that Parintins is the only place in the World where Coca-Cola ads are blue. While it is true that within the Bumbódromo there are Coca-Cola ads in both red and blue, there are other instances of Coca-Cola ads reflecting the colors of sporting teams. During the 2011 Festival do Boi-Bumbá, Coca-Cola was available throughout Amazonas region in special edition cans that were half red, half blue.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/6/2018: Manacapuru Festival: From the Amazon to D.C.

Dancers from Parintins and Manacapuru, state of Amazonas, Brazil, will showcase rhythms, songs, multicolored costumes, diverse choreography, and the history and origin of the Brazilian Amazon legends.

Video 9/5/2018: Parintins Festival: From the Amazon to D.C.

Dancers from Parintins, state of Amazonas, Brazil, will stage regional themes in a rousing celebration of local cattle ranching traditions, depictions of nearly century-old legends of rivalries, and the culture of riverside communities in the Amazon region.

 Parintins Folk Festival