"Parintins" Parintins by abusch
Parintins Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 15 photos
In this quiet small town in the middle of the Amazon jungle, the only thing capable of changing the slow pace of local life it the passion for the "boi", an folcloric representation of two oxen, one dressed in white and the other in black, that defy each other every June.
In a specially built arena, capable of accomodatin 30 thousand people, a true Carnival festival takes place, perfomed by local and indigenous people, representing the legends of the Amazon with luxurious ornaments, made of plumage, straw, seed and other native elements.
During three consecutive days, two teams, called "Garantido"and "Caprichoso" present themselves in the Arena, before the stunned eyes of their suportees and people from all over the world. Every group reunites more than 3.000 performers, including some 500 drummers.
Virtually every person in the town will be dressed in red, for the "Garantido" black ox, or blue, for the "Caprichoso"white ox.
During the whole year, local craftsmen work on the fancy dresses and every Saturday there is a rehearsal for the yearly festival.
The festival is based in a legend that ways that "father Francisco" in order to satisfy his pregnant wife wishes has to kill an ox to take the its tongue.
The farmer, mad at him, promise vengeance. But with help of an indigenous shaman he is able to bring the ox back to life.
The passion for the oxen can change everything, even one of the most powerful brands in the world: in Parintins, besides the classic one, one can find a blue Coke, to please the "Caprichoso" fans. Some years ago, even an special blue Coke can were distributed for selling only in Parintins.
The houses are painted in red of blue indicating the preferences of each family. Even public phones are built according to the tradition.
The fans of the oxen never say the name of the other group. They refer to each other as "contrário" (something like the opposite).
Settled in the Tupirambaranas Island, Parintins is surrounded by the Amazon river. In the harbor, during festival, dozens of boats help accomodating the tourists.
Inside the boats, many hammocks are placed, in this humble facility.
There are also some boats that deppart twice or three times a day for a river cruise inside the canals the cut the jungle in the surroundings.
- In a nutshell:A fantastic folcloric festival
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