Nigeria: Lagos Carnival 2013

Nigeria: Lagos Carnival 2013

Lagos Carnival

Associated Press

LAGOS— In Nigeria’s biggest city, a Monday morning typically sees bumper-to-bumper traffic as people struggle through heat and exhaust fumes to get to work. This Monday, however, the roads were not filled with cars, but with people celebrating the Lagos Carnival.

Dancers in colorful costumes resembling those of Brazil’s Carnival shimmied and shook their way through the streets.

This year, Lagos’ state government said the festival would commemorate the region’s historical ties with Brazil. Portuguese explorers once came to the region and Brazilian-style homes can still be seen in the city’s older neighborhoods.

The curious lined up to watch and take mobile phone pictures, some ogling the women dressed in bikini-styled outfits. Tuesday, though, the streets will again jam with traffic.

Lagos Carnival

Lagos Carnival

Lagos Carnival

Lagos Carnival

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Video: Lagos Carnival 2013

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Carnival is the high point of the week long activities of the Lagos Heritage Week. It was held on Easter Monday, April 1, 2013. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Bring Back Brazil”

The carnival parade began at Falomo, Ikoyi and culminated in a spectacle in Tafawa Balewa Square.

This year’s edition had over 12,000 adults and young people beautifully costumed parading the streets of Ikoyi and Lagos Island with a grand parade at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

Source: Lagos Carnival
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