Brazil Destinations, Parintins

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The History of Parintins is like other stories of municipalities in the Amazon. The Tupinambarana
Island, current city of Parintins, recorded the first explorations of the Portuguese Crown in 1796. The
city of Parintins, like almost all other municipalities, was originally inhabited by indigenous people.
The agriculture is represented by seasonal crops like pineapple, jute, rice, sweet potatoes,
sugarcane, beans, tobacco, cassava, passion fruit, bush of passion fruit, watermelon, soy (organic)
melon and corn. Permanent crops: avocado, banana, cocoa, coffee, cashew, coconut, orange,
lemon, guarana and tangerine.
The livestock comprises mainly cattle, followed by the growth of pigs. The production of meat and
milk intended for local consumption and for export to other municipalities. The economy is practically
based in this sector. Parintins has the largest cattle and buffalo herds in the state, with approximately
150,000 cattle and 50,000 buffalo.
Parintins has the major fishing warehouses in the Amazon, both for local consumption and export to
other municipalities. The poultry industry is mainly represented by raising chickens, followed by
turkeys, ducks and geese. The plant extraction is very representative in the exploitation of rubber,
cumaru, non­elastic gums, wood, copaiba oil e puxuri.
River transport in the city is very common. The city has a large and busy port, which serves almost
the entire northern region. The Port of Parintins is located in the Amazon River coast in the central
town of Parintins and serves the states of Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia and areas of northern Mato
Grosso.
Parintins Festival:
Considered one of the largest regional festivals in the country, the Parintins Festival does not happen
during carnival, but can be compared to the large carnival events taking place in Brazil, given their
importance and grandeur. Present in the official calendar of events of Parintins since 1965, the event
repeats every June.
The festival’s name originates from the place where it happens, the Parintins Island, 420 kilometers
from Manaus. During the festival it is represented an almost century­old rivalry between two groups
that is staged in the streets of Parintins’ folklore Boi­bumbá, a variation of the Bumba­meu­boi in the
Northeast. The Boi (bull) enact the legend of Catirina, a farm lady who had the desire to eat beef
tongue during pregnancy. To satisfy her desire, Francisco the husband, kills his employer’s favorite
bull. Because of this, he was threatened with death. A shaman helps Francisco and brings the bull
back to life.
The Guarantido team, founded in 1913, was the first to enact the legend of Franscisco and Catirina.
Nine years later, a second one was founded; The Caprichoso team. The Guarantido, in red color, is
the most popular, while the Caprichoso in blue color represents the Amazon elite.
By the year 1987, the dispute between the bulls took place in the center of Parintins. The following
year an arena was built and the presentations were transferred. Today, the event receives about
100.000 people in the “bumbódromo ” during three nights in dispute. Unlike what happens in
sambódromos, only 5% of bumbódromo tickets are actually sold, the rest is distributed for free to both
Bull’s teams.

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