This year’s Carnival parade was the biggest and brightest ever. Fourteen groups took part, and the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque was seen relaxing and enjoying the event. He later stated that the Carnival is one of the most important attractions on the islands event calendar. Later admitting they would be keeping the 8 pm start time.
More than 24,000 spectators watched this years parade while hoteliers recorded a 4% rise in occupancy rate for the Carnival period.