Festival of the Flowers
Festival of the Flowers is a festival that takes place in the Colombian city of Medellin. The festival is the most important social event for the city and features the Silleteros Parade, a pageant, automobiles, a Paso Fino horse parade and many musical concerts.
The first Festival of the Flowers took place on May 1, 1957 and was organized by Arturo Uribe, a member of the Board of the Office of Development and Tourism. The festival lasted for 5 days with an exposition of flowers displayed in the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was organized by the Gardening Club of Medellin and monsignor Tulio Botero to celebrate Virgin Mary day. The parade represents the end of slavery when instead of flowers slaves carried men and women on their backs up steep hills. The first Silleteros Parade also took place with some 40 men from the corregimiento of Santa Elena carrying on their backs flower arrangements to the exposition site.
The festival initially took place during the month of May but was changed to August in 1958 to celebrate the Independence of Antioquia. Since then other events have been added like the International Pageant of the Flowers, the cavalcade, Guiness Records in 1996 and 1999, classic automobiles parade, Orchids exposition, among others.
In 2006 during its 49th edition, the festival reached 482 silleteros participants. El Colombiano; In Medellin the feast was with the silleteros The 2006 edition also featured a new category of silleteros as spokeswomen for the Convention Center Bureau of Medellin Maria Isabel Lopez mentioned "these are the Pioneers, who will show all their Silletas making experience, but will not participate in the contest". Medellin, a Carpet of flowers with the silleteros Some 50 peasants will carry the silletas 260 featuring traditional arrangements, 50 with commercial propaganda and 28 from the new Pioneer category. As in Previous years the Mayor of Medellin sponsored the awards of the Silleteros contest. In 2006 there were a total of 26 awards, selected and given by three juries. Medellin, a Carpet of flowers with the silleteros
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