Santana celebrates the opening of Carnival season on the 2nd & 3rd February with the
Festa dos Compadres.
The quiet town of Santana becomes alive with colour as people make and dress straw dummies of men , women and children and leaving them all about the town.
The tradition goes back more than 50 years, and is known for its originality, marked by these gigantic figures who roam and take part in a parade bring much joy to this area on the north coast of Madeira.
It is one festival I have not yet been to but hope to see some of it this year.