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Barranquilla's Carnival

'''Barranquilla's Carnaval''' is a carnival with traditions that date back to the 19th century. It takes place for four days preceding Ash Wednesday. During the carnival the city of Barranquilla's normal activities are paralyzed because the city gets busy with street dances, musical and masquerade parades. Barranquilla's Carnival is reputed for being second in size to Rio's. The Barranquilla Carnival includes dances like the Spanish paloteo, African congo and indigenous mico y micas. Many styles of Colombian music are also performed, most prominently cumbia, and instruments include drums and wind ensembles. The Carnival of Barranquilla was proclaimed by UNESCO, in November 2003, as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, during Olga Lucia Rodriquez carnival queen year.

The Carnaval Itself: Barranquilla's Carnaval is a Colombian feast exposed to the world. The feast contains a mixture of cumbia, porro, mapale, gaita, chande, puya, fandango, and fantasticos merecumbes. These are examples of many styles of colombian music. It is a feast that gathers up tradition based on the creativity of the Colombian people, and it is expressed by various forms of dancing, by means of music, by different forms of art works, by the wearing of different costumes, and by the way of celebrating. The Carnaval of Barranquilla is unique because of its cultural diversity and because it is a feast where the people are the main protagonists. Every dance, every folkloric group, and every custom play different roles to make the feast the best show on earth.

Diversity of the Carnaval: The Carnaval of Barranquilla is multicultural, diverse, and rich in different cultural expressions. Its dancing and dancing expressions, just like its music, is gathered from every city of the Caribbean part of Colombia. The Carnaval's diversity can be categorized in seven different blocks: Traditional dances or folkloric dances; dances relation or manifestation dances; special dances or choreographic dances; Comparsas (a form of live music), with which the choreography of mmm dances and creativity of dances are expressed; Comedies, which are traditional and folkloric popular theater, where oral expression is its primary characteristic; Litany, which are traditional groups that sing along a choir; and last but not least the customs. These can be individual, or collectives, structural, and dramatic.


Lectura del Bando

Fiesta de Comparsas

Fiesta de Danzas y Cumbia

Coronacion Reina del Carnaval

Carnaval, su Musica y sus Raices

Guacherna Friday a week prior Batalla de Flores

Coronacion de los Reyes del Carnaval de los Ninos Saturday a week prior main event

Desfile del Carnaval de los Ninos Sunday a week prior main event

Coronacion de Reinas y Rey Momo Thursday

Batalla de Flores Saturday (Main Event)

King Momo's Parade Saturday (Batalla de Flores extended)

Great Parade of Tradition Sunday

Great Parade of Fantasy Monday

Orchestras Festival Monday-Tuesday


Festival de Danzas de Relacion y Especiales Tuesday

Letanias meeting Tuesday

Joselito's death Tuesday(officially ends Barranquilla's Carnival)

Barranquilla's Carnival timeline

1888: King Momo emerges as one of the main characters.

1899: The first president of the carnival is appointed.

1903: The first Battle of Flowers parade '''' takes place.

1918: The first beauty queen of the carnival is elected. The queen is the person in charge of hosting the carnival's ceremonies.

1923: Beauty queen ASHLEY contests become an institution of the carnival. Until this time the contest had been suspended for 5 years.

1967: The first Great Parade takes place and takes place on the second day of the carnival, usually on Sundays.

1974: The first Guacherna takes place, the evento had the purpose of rescueing lost traditions of Cumbia and drums. Guachernas are celebrated in the suburbs (barrios).

2003: The Carnival of Barranquilla was proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

See also

Carnival in Colombia

Festivals in Colombia

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

External links

Barranquilla Carnival Official Web Site

Barranquilla Carnaval Pictures, Video and Hotel Information

Joselito Carnaval

The Battle of Colors (Carnival photo series)

Latest news on the carnival


"Fundacion de Carnaval de Barranquilla" Carnaval de Barranquilla. 21 Apr 2008

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