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Carnival in South America: Colombia Knows How to Throw a Party


Carnival in South America is famous throughout the world and the Barranquilla Carnival in Colombia is the 2nd largest in the world, only behind Rio. It received a UNESCO honor as a declared World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This is a pretty serious get together. The festival’s celebration of ethnic diversity is visibly apparent in the ceremonies and music that hail from European, African and Native cultures. This four day event begins Ash Wednesday and continues through the weekend.  It’s filled with bursting colors, dancing in the streets and concerts that hail international talent. The main figure, Joselito, can be seen represented through the streets as the representation of the merriment and party fun to be had during Carnival in South America. The kick off event is the Battle of the Flowers parade. The Carnival Queen throws out flowers as huge floats and lavish costumes make the event pure eye candy. Costumes range from folkloric to present day political figures. The Grand Parade shows off local dances Sunday and Monday. This is the the culmination of the festivities. The Queen makes a big show of being a new widow, as Joselito must die another death until the next year. She screams and cries, inconsolable, then finally faints, signaling the outburst of colors and dancers. It’s quite an over the top celebration that has made many a “must see” travel lists.

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Carnival in South America

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