During the course of its history, carnival drew on elements from different cultures, blending, mixing and embracing characteristics, forms of expression, and differences of meaning. As performed today in Porto Alegre, the Samba School parades are the carnival’s main attraction.

The Porto Alegre Carnival began in the 18th century with the entrudo, a prank brought over by the Portuguese from the Azores, whereby people threw flour, water, and limão de cheiro missiles at each other. At the end of the 19th century, two important Carnival associations were born. Rivalry between the two long dominated the city’s Carnival. The corso, a parade of floats down Porto Alegre’s streets, was a celebration enjoyed by the more well-to-do of the city’s inhabitants.
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