Portugal's biggest carnival parade

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Added On February 14, 2018

Thousands of revellers turned out in Torres Vedras this week, to celebrate Portugal's biggest carnival parade.
 
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In Torres Vedras, a town 50 km north of Lisbon, Portugal's biggest carnival parade got underway on Sunday.
 
This year's theme is "The Sea and Oceans".
 
Local groups are invited to submit ideas for costumes and designs for the floats - many take the chance to use their cheeky creativity.
 
The parade is known for its satire - this year floats reference hot topics like Donald Trump's spat with Kim Jong-un, or the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and his tax problems.
 
Even the Portguese President has a float, with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shown as a cross between Neptune - God of the Sea - and an octopus.
 
Once the floats stop parading the streets, the party moves into the town squares where DJs keep the crowds dancing until 4 o'clock in the morning.
 
And then on Monday and Tuesday: it all starts again - before a giant fireworks display brings an end to proceedings on Wednesday.
 
Locals say this year is the biggest one yet.
 
In all, the government has set aside a 790,000 U.S. dollar budget for the six-day event, with around 350,000 visitors expected.