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Festa dos Compadres kicks off the carnival season.

The Festa dos Compadres marks the opening of the Carnival season in Madeira, a tradition with more than 50 years celebrated with great enthusiasm in the municipality of Santana, to be held on the days 1,3,4 and 8 February.

It is an event known for its originality, marked by its amusing giant figures that parade humour, colour and joy through the streets of this picturesque city located in the north of the island of Madeira.


Day 01 February – Quinta de Comadres
12:00 – Opening of the fire launch festivities
15:00 – Opening of the exhibition “Comadres e Compadres pequeninos” (Santana Civic Center)
19:30 – Thursday of Comadres (reception in the Town Hall)Day 03 February – Saturday
21:00 – Performance 4 liter
22:30 – Performance by Juvencio Luyiz
24:00 – ClosingDay 04 February – Sunday
11:00 – Songs of the Arco-da-velha Radio Festival (tent next to the CMS)
14:00 – Courthouse Folião (by the streets of the City)
14:30 – Ethnographic Courts (by the streets of the City)
16:00 – Judgment / Compadres Settlement / Burning of Compadre and Comadre

Day 08 February – Quinta de Compadres
12:00 – Launch of fire
19:30 – Thursday of Compadres (reception in the Town Hall)