We Uber to the Albufeira bus station in a light drizzle. When we arrive in Loulé at 1 pm it is raining very, very lightly. We enjoyed the restaurant (Café Q) where we had breakfast on Saturday, so we return. The manager recognizes us and greets us. Nice! We enjoy a leisurely meal.
After lunch we walk the eight blocks to the first entrance we see to Carnival where a queue has formed for buying admission tickets. We notice that this is Bilheteria #1 and decide to look for other ticket booths (and to see a few more streets of Loulé). We find Bilheteria #3 and pay the 2€ per person admission fee. Since the Carnival show runs from 3-5:30 pm we still have 20 minutes before they open the gates. We use the time walking around looking at the food booths and catching glimpses of the Carnival participants as they make their way to the show area. As we do we notice that the rain has stopped. Yeah!
We find a spot on the curb in the park area. Soon the different performing groups are lining up and we are lucky to have the Brazilian group right in front of us. The dancers are scantily clad, and two of the dancers are only wearing body paint. It is humorous how Brazil inherited the concept of Carnival from Portugal, turned it into an over-the-top party and now Portugal (at least this group) imitates Brazil.
We're home by 7:30 pm, very happy we had the opportunity to experience Loulé Carnival.