Festivals in Colombia
Main Colombian Carnivals
Harvest Festival of Pereira , Since its founding the feasts (before fair) have called on the Colombian people to attend a meeting in the region where the exchange of goods and the coffee harvest has been the way to celebrate the effort to eke itself every year since then the celebrations of August seeking to revive the tradition of history, citizenship, culture and art through a variety of cultural, touristic, sporting extolling the native of the region.
Barranquilla's Carnival , with a century long recorded history it holds the second largest carnival parades in the world after Rio de Janeiro's. The Carnival of Barranquilla was proclaimed by UNESCO, in November 2003, as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral Intangible Heritage of Humanity, during Olga Lucia Rodriquez carnival queen year.
Bogota's Carnival starting around August 6, in order to commemorate the founding of the city, is a combination of various cultural events including masquerades, dances, and parades, among others. Parallel to this, the Bogota Summer Festival is held, in which there are different social, cultural and sporting events, mainly in the area near the Simon Bolivar Park
Rock al Parque in October, is the second largest rock festival in Latinamerica, after Rock in Rio. Around 1000 rock bands have participated in this event; both local and international bands. Apocalyptica, Slipknot, Plastilina Mosh and Manu Chao have performed in Rock al Parque, among other internationally famous bands. The event is held annually in Simon Bolivar Park in Bogota.
The Ibero-American Theater Festival held in Bogota every two years, is the biggest theater festival in the world.
Carnival of Blacks and Whites held from January 4 to January 6 in Pasto. Its origins date back to the Spanish rule times when slaves were allowed to celebrate on 5th and their masters showed their approval on 6th by painting their faces black. On these days they either put grease or talcum powder on their faces.
Manizales Fair celebrated in the city of Manizales the first weeks of the year. Costume groups in fancy dress take over the city. A congeniality coffee queen is elected and bullfighting takes place.
Riosucios Carnival held in Riosucio, Caldas from January 2 to January 8 each two years. It's famous because rescue past traditions with a mixture of art, music and customes by groups called Cuadrilas, drinking the traditional Guarapo (drink based on fermented maize) carried in Calabazos''. During the carnival, the image of a cool and happy devil is exhibitted.
Bambuco y Sanjuanero Festivals in Neiva held on June 28 and June 29 for Saint Peter's and Saint Paul's days.
Cali Fair , held in Cali from December 25 to New Year's Eve. It is famous for its Salsa marathon concerts attended by renowned Salsa bands. There are horse riding parades , masquerades and dances groups.
Festival of the Flowers , is held during August in the city of Medellin with its flowers parade and the main attraction called the Desfile de Silleteros.
Regional and folkloric festivities
Folkloric Festival, Bambuco National Contest and International Folklore Show in Neiva. Mostly known as Saint Peter festivities held between the last two weeks of June and early July.
Pubenza Festivities , in Popayan, known for its competition of Chirimias (folkloric musical groups).
Colombian Folklore Festival in Ibague.
Medellin's Tango Street on Carlos Gardel Avenue in the suburb of Manrique.
Joropo National Festival in Villavicencio in December.
Candles and Lanterns Festival is held in Quimbaya, Quindio on December 7 and 8. Each of the barrios in the township compete to produce the most spectacular lighting arrangements.
The Yipao or Jeep Parade in Armenia, Colombia
Green Moon Festival celebrated in the Archipelago of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, this is a unique festival with characteristics that make it different from any other festival in Colombia. Here the Afro-Caribbean influence is very strong, and predominance of the English language lyrics of Calypso and Reggae.
Vallenato Legend Festival . Held in Valledupar, Cesar, in April or May. The festival is a celebration of vallenato music and also a competition to find the best accordionist of the year and to select the Vallenato King among hundreds of participants from all over the country.
Rock al Parque festival, it takes place every year in Bogota City. It is the biggest free-entry event in Latin America. Different rock bands from around the world gather in different locations. The Festival was originally created to support new bands.
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