10 carnivals with giants



The Carnival of Olinda (Brazil) is a shocking sign of the massive presence of "bonecos gigantes" that can be found in Brazil, and in a very special way in the state of Pernambuco.

At that time over 300 figures giants, and other items, go out for several days surrounded by a number of visitors of between a million and a million and a half people.

The music of the "trocas" with rhythms of frevo (recently declared a World Heritage Site) and maracatu make the experience unforgettable.


In different parts of the state of Goa (India), and especially in the capital Panaji, held a massive giant carnival figures and incorporating other elements.

These elements have construction features from the figures that can be found in other samples of the country folk and, at bottom, are rooted in the gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion.

Very few areas of the country it is celebrated and, according to tradition, this feast was brought by the Portuguese.


The Carnival of La Valletta, on the Mediterranean island of Malta, was first celebrated around the year 1535 and, from a date not documented with the presence of giant figures accompanying the parade floats.

Also present, but in a more sporadic, parades made ​​in the cities of Floriana and Nadur, among others.


The Carnival of Montevideo (Uruguay) is the one with a longer duration worldwide: 40 days and incorporates elements from parades diverse cultures that have taken root in the country.

A special mention must be made to the task develops the "Museo del Carnaval", both in terms of the stimulation of the same party as social integration tasks around the construction of the floats and the large amount of giant figures (big heads) that parade.

The presence of these giants, very ephemeral, in the carnival dates way back, as you can see by the pictures we have of them.


The Carnival of Solsona (Catalonia - Spain) has a long tradition of participation as already mentioned around 1930, and contains a very preserved series of activities over time.

The giant figures of the party begin to appear in it in 1978, with the presentation of "Gegant Boix" (the giant crazy) who heads the "Familia Boja" (Crazy Family), composed of four elements, all built by Mr. Manel Casserres.

There are other pieces that follow the same line construction, which makes them all unique elements and reference.


The Carnival celebrations in New Orleans (Louisiana State - USA), revolve around Mardi Gras and it seems that the first celebration and took place in the year 1699.

The parades with floats ... and a number of giants (or giant puppets) are organized largely around the "krewes" or carnival guilds, being especially important to find giants in the area of the typical buildings of the French Quarter, where, by its width, not the floats.


If we go to the city of Mainz in Germany, find a good example of Carnival celebrations in the country, extending throughout its geography common features among them.

Although we can find large heads elsewhere, we must note the presence in Mainz delos "Schwellköpp", forming a group of 15 figures, each with its own name and identity.

According to documents found common ground that started dating in 1927 and gather around a remarkable group of followers.


San Juan de Pasto is a city in Nariño Department, in Colombia, and his "Carnaval de Negros y Blancos" (Blacks and Whites), is one of the most important festivals of the country, being declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in the year 2009.

The structure of its celebration is rich in events and follows a thread that has as one of the main arrival of the "Family Castaneda".

The parades are accompanied by a very noticeable presence of giant colored figures quite particular and made ​​using a unique construction techniques.

These figures are known as "allegories street".


The Carnival of Basel (Switzerland) is one of the most popular in the country and has the presence of 15 to 20 thousand masks.

The being located in the German-speaking area, their structures have many similarities with the neighboring country, therefore it is not unusual to find figures formed by very large heads and elongated neck.

There are some of these figures depicting mythological beasts have their own dances.


The Carnival of Nice (France) is one of the most crowded in the country and ultimately each year usually devoted to a specific theme.

Amidst the presence of spectacular floats are giant figures in line with the theme and generally have a short life.

Yet before the giant figures had continuity from year to year, as can be seen in photographs from the early twentieth century.