The '''Cali's Fair''' (Dec. 25 - Jan. 01) is the most important cultural event in Cali, Colombia. It is a celebration of the region's cultural identity, famous for the Salsa marathon, horse riding parades and dance parties.
Called "La Feria de Cali" (The Fair of Cali). "La Feria de Cali" is the main cultural event in the city, home to almost 3 million people, and the Pacific Coast of Colombia.(NO... it's 4 hours away from the Pacific Coast!) It is a fair that has been celebrated since 1957, from December 25th to December 30th. The fair is known also as the "Feria de la Cana" (sugar cane fair) and "Feria de la salsa" (Salsa music fair). People enjoy many activities like an opening cabalgata (parade of horseback riders), tascas, salsa concerts, bullfights, parades, athletic activities/competitions and cultural exhibitions.
As the citys peoples conscious grow towards a more animal friendly environment, there has been a lot of controversy for the part of the fair that involves bullfighting. Although, a great majority of the citys people see it as an act of cruelty and abuse towards the bulls, the few that control the event and the local government see it as a part of a tradition that should be followed and maintained.
From an international stand point Cali is also known as the "Capital de la Salsa" given the city's infatuation with that type of Afro-Caribbean music. In early July there is the Summer Salsa Festival which lasts for one week. It usually includes concerts by the world's great remaining salsa bands as well as dance shows and "melomano" competitions in which salsa connoisseurs try to out do each other by digging deep into the archives of salsa music and related sounds to find and reveal long lost tunes.
Government site describing the fair
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