Parintin’s festival of the ox divided the city

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Rio’s Carnival is world-famous. But every year, far from Rio, there’s another spectacular show in Brazil’s Amazon region. It is called the “Boi-Bumba”. It takes place in the remote island city of Parintins.

CCTV America’s Stephen Gibbs discovered an event from Parintins that forces people to take sides for all year long.

Parintin\'s festival of the ox divided the city

Rio’s Carnival is world-famous. But every year, far from Rio, there’s another spectacular show in Brazil’s Amazon region. It is called the “Boi-Bumba”. It takes place in the remote island city of Parintins. CCTV America’s Stephen Gibbs discovered an event from Parintins that forces people to take sides for all year long.

Highlight:

  • For three days, and three nights, Parintins is divided into two teams. Dressed in red, Garantido. Dressed in blue, Caprichoso.
  • The competition between them is who can best retell an indigenous fable of a resurrected ox.