Caruaru Roundup

Caruaru Roundup

September
Roundups started out as nothing more than the yearly task of bringing the cattle together in the winter for branding. But in parts of Brazil they have developed into folkloric celebrations involving the participation of hundreds of cowboys who compete in "downing the steers." The roundup in the city of Caruaru in Pernambuco state is one of the largest. In addition to steer-roping contests, viola players and repentistas (verse improvisers) entertain the people with their music and rhyming descriptions of the day's activities. Local food specialties are served during the three-day event.
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