Carnival of Barranquilla

2nd biggest carnival in the world after Rio, proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the Carnival of Barranquilla is one of the highlights of any travel to South America, 4 days of endless "rumba" that will leave you unforgettable memories.
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Colourful dancers

The warm summer weather lends itself to brief and exotic costumes and a grand parade with floats and musicians. The Carnival of Barranquilla brings together people from all walks of life and ages. The music contains a mixture of Cumbia, Porro, Mapale, Gaita, Chandé, Puya, Fandango, and Merecumbés (Check our music page).
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Carnival of Barranquilla 2011
The Carnival of Barranquilla is multicultural,
diverse and rich in different expressions: Its dancing, just like its music, is gathered from every city of the Caribbean part of Colombia.

The warm summer weather lends itself to brief and exotic costumes and a grand parade with floats and musicians. The Carnival of Baranquilla brings together people from all walks of life and ages. The music contains a mixture of Cumbia, Porro, Mapale, Gaita, Chandé, Puya, Fandango, and Merecumbés (Check our music page).

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The Carnival is mostly a dance festival with theatrical and musical performances
based on historical as well as current events. Each dance, disguise or chariot has a very special meaning related to culture, history or actuality. One of the celebration's central concepts is "la Burla" (making fun of something or somebody). Back in the old days, that usually meant slaveowners, colonizing Spaniards in general and stuffed-shirts from Bogotá. Nowadays it is translated into pokes at Colombian drug lords, FARC terrorists, pols and soccer players, as well as past and present characters from pop culture and the world stage...
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Here are some of the main characters:

1. Marimondas
2. Reina de reinas
3. Negrita puloy
4. Maria moñitos
5. Reiina del Carnaval..
6. Reina Gay
7. Son de Negros
8. Monocuco
9. El torito
10. La cumbiamba
11. El congo
12. Joseliito Carnaval
13. El Descabezado
14. La Loca
15. El africano
16. El Rey Momo
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Carnival Info

When? : Preceding Ash Wednesday (March).

How long? : 4 days (officially)
Audience? : More than 2 millions
Participants? : Some 600 dancers

Created in? : 19th century

Off2/In2 : Carnival 2011
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Mickael & Josian creators of Off2Colombia

Since the time we were hearing about The Carnival of Barranquilla, we knew that it would be an event that we would have to cover decently; And what a better way to do this than - from the inside? -

Thursday 3rd of March 2011, here we are - in Santa Marta - trying to find our costumes and accessories that will make us look cool amongst the troupe “Disfraces como tu quieres” (dress-up like you want).

A taxi driver points us to a street displaying hundreds of improvised stalls selling masks
, feathers, jewels, flowers in an endless parade of colours and noise... What a surprise to see how popular the festival is in the whole country! It felt like the party was actually going to happen here, in Santa Marta (and it actually certainly did).

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Carnival Schedule

- Saturday : Flower Battle
- Saturday :
Parade of the Carnival King
- Saturday :
Great Traditional Parade
- Sunday :
Great Fantasy Parade
- Sunday :
Festival of the Orchestras
- Monday :
Festival of Courting and Special Dances, Comedies and Litanies
- Monday :
Joselito is departing with the ashes


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