In Barranquilla began the most famous carnival in Colombia
From 9 to 12 February 2013-the year in Colombia, the large port city of Barranquilla (Barranquilla) will host its famous carnival, which annually welcomes over half a million people. This is one of the most colorful Latin American carnivals, second in popularity only to the carnival in Oruro (Bolivia) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Directly the carnival in Barranquilla begins on February 9, but since the middle of January preparing for the holiday, the so-called “precorneal”: almost every day on the streets and squares of the city are a number of performances, dance shows and entertainment program dedicated to the upcoming celebration.
For example, last Sunday held a children’s parade, Desfile del Carnaval de los Ninos, or as it is affectionately called – carnavalito (“Carnavalet”). And yesterday, Thursday, the 7th of February, at one of the stadiums Barranquilla solemn coronation of the carnival Queen (Reina del Carnaval). The festival starts on Saturday, 9th February, large-scale marches called “Battle of flowers” (Batalla de Flores). It is here that the carnival unfolds in all its beauty: the streets go carrozas — bizarre constructions of papier-mache and plastic, depicting different fantasy creatures or scenes from a carnival mythology. Here comes the King Momo, the son of sleep and the night, the deity of sarcasm and bad jokes, funny patron of Vice and excess, which performs the role of “Chairman” of the carnival.
On the same day in the city Park Barranquilla begins the Comedy Festival (Festival de Comedias), which will continue intermittently until Monday 11th January. During this time the audience will be presented a short funny sketches and Comedy. Sunday, 10th February, there will be a Great Parade of Tradition (Gran Parada de Tradicion) — folk music groups and thousands of dancing people dressed in colorful costumes, bright and cheerful. To join the procession can anyone who wants to feel part of the carnival and knows at least a little to dance cumbia is the most popular dance in Barranquilla.
Monday, 11th February, simultaneously with the closing of the Comedy Festival kicks off the Festival (Festival de Orquestras): almost a day without a break, from midday until the first half of the day Tuesday, 12th February, at the same stadium, which hosted the coronation of the Queen, residents and visitors will be entertained by various musical groups and folklore ensembles. On Tuesday, the carnival ends with “the Funeral of Joselito”. Joselito is the spirit of carnival, symbolizing joy and happiness. He had several wives — carnival beauties, he sings, dances and drinks a lot. After 4 days he was dying, but it doesn’t cause grief at the funeral of Joselito dashing like mad his “merry widow”, and King Momo in his usual humorous manner closes the carnival and says goodbye to its participants until the following February.
The history of carnival in Barranquilla dates back to the time of the conquest of America by the Spanish conquistadors. One of the first carnivals in Colombia appeared in Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias): brought by colonizers from Africa black slaves went out into the street and spontaneously arranged a colorful procession with songs, dances and national musical instruments. Their bright costumes and energetic rhythms fond of the Spanish nobility, the carnival began to live my life, and in 1888, the year was postponed by the city authorities from Cartagena to neighboring Barranquilla.