A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
303: Praia da Estação
In contrast to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife and Salvador, Belo Horizonte has no carnival tradition. For a long time, the time has been known as the place to go when you want to escape from carnival activities. More recently, the city has invested a lot in the development of carnival, including carnival parades. In 2010, a pre-carnival activity was created with the intention of better use of public areas in Belo Horizonte. The large, refurbished square in front of the railway station, Praça (square) da Estação, was renamed into Praia (beach) da Estação. Mainly students gathered during some Saturdays to enjoy the warm and sunny January days. They brought their beach towels, sunburn cream, and beer. A number of street carnival groups (‘blocos’) played there too. Some members of a percussion group are seen on the photo.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2011, 2017