Samba Parade – Taiwan Style
Many people have seen photos or footages of the world-famous Brazil Carnival. However, not many realize that Taiwan has a similar bright-color-and-flashy carnival of its own. Well, at least I didn’t.
It all came up during a conversation I had with my fellow photo enthusiast. We were talking about what interesting places or events in the city that’s worthy of a photo trip. Out of the blues, he pulled out a photo showing an Indian couple in traditional clothing dancing with a street performer in front of the CKS Memorial Hall.
“Hey, interesting picture there. What event was that?”
This was the first time I heard the name “Hope Carnival.” I was delighted to year that the event has become more or less an annual event, and feature participants who dress up in all types of colorful ethnic clothing.
Of course, Taiwan is no Brazil, so not surprisingly the event lacks the flow and scale of the authentic event. However, what they lack the participants cover with Taiwan-style gears – including aborigine costumes and instruments. Thinking back, it was actually quite a sight to see aborigine elementary school kids playing drums a-la marching band style while walking forward in unison.
Now, as an event with relatively short history, the Dream Carnival nonetheless boasts several floats. The one I remember the most was the water buffalo float, which is rather unique and interesting. There were also floats with mythological creature and people dressed in REALLY bizarre costumes…
Other interesting personnel include an American chief painted in green demonstrating the art of fire breathing – though I really had no idea why he appeared with a group of 1970s-look-alike rock band.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to stay for the party at the Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office.
In case anyone’s interested, here’s the link to the website of Hope Parade:
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