Loulé Carnival budget trimmed

The budget for the Loulé carnival due to take place next month has been trimmed by 20% but the spectacle will lose none of its colour and excitement, according to Loulé Mayor Seruca Emídio.

The cost has been cut from €250,000 in 2012to €200,000 but the quality and creativity will not be impaired, he said. It will effectively mean a saving on the cost of materials.

One of the oldest carnivals in Portugal, the three-day event between February 9 and 12 last year attracted 60,000 visitors from all over the country.

The route for the procession of 17 colourful floats, this year depicting the troika theme, along with dancers, carnival masked figures and other animation, runs along the José da Costa Mealha avenue.