This Saturday I’ll be attending a Colombian Carnival party here in NJ where I live. Just know that the carnivals here in the states are no where near the same as it would be in Colombia. At some point this week I will put up videos and pictures of how a Carnival in Colombia would be like, but I will like people to know the history behind this carnival.
“Barranquilla’s Carnival (Spanish: Carnaval de Barranquilla) is Colombia’s most important folklore celebration, and is the biggest carnival in the world behind The Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival. The carnival has traditions that date back to the 19th century. Forty days before Holy Week, Barranquilla decks itself out to receive national and foreign tourists, and join together with the city’s inhabitants to enjoy four days of intense festivities. During the carnival Barranquilla’s normal activities are paralyzed because the city gets busy with street dances, musical and masquerade parades. Barranquilla’s 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 Cultural Masterpiece of the Nation by Colombia’s National Congress on 2002. Also the UNESCO, in Paris on November 7, 2003, declared it as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, and it was during Olga Lucia Rodriquez Carnival Queen year.
The Carnival starts on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday with the Battle of the Flowers, which is considered one of the main activities. Then, The Great Parade on Sunday and Monday is marked by an Orchestra Festival with Caribbean and Latin bands. Tuesday signals the end of the carnival, announced by the burial of Joselito Carnaval, who is mourned by everyone.
Barranquilla’s Carnival slogan is: Who lives it, is who enjoys it (Quien lo vive, es quien lo goza).”
Before I go to this party on Saturday I will be posting up a few pictures of how the carnival is in Colombia. Then I will be putting up pictures and videos of the one I’m going to attend.