Every year, while residents of Rio de Janeiro and tourists from all over the world admire the brilliant, colorful show – Carnival, the inhabitants of the small historic town of Paraty plunge into a sea of mud.
The Mud carnival (Bloco de Lama) is held annually in the small colonial Brazilian town of Paraty, located 263 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro. Residents of Paraty and guests of the city take part in an unusual celebration. People cover themselves in mud from head to toe on Jabaquara Beach, wear skull masks and parade through the city streets, dancing and having fun, reminiscent of primitive people.
Of course, children get the greatest pleasure from this event. Throughout the evening, they literally stand on their ears, frolicking and throwing mud. Along with them, adults also do not miss the opportunity to plunge into childhood. Everyone around is taking mud baths, some diving, others are dancing.
In addition to the mud festival, on the same day, Paraty celebrates the Red Nose day. Many tourists and locals take part in both events, smeared in mud, wearing homemade red noses.
For many tourists, this event seems very strange, but it is very fun, and also healthy for the skin, it attracts more and more tourists every year.