What is the Barranquilla Carnival

Barranquilla - City of Carnival

Barranquilla is located in the Atlántico Department, is considered the most important coastal city and replaced Puerto Colombia as the most important seaport in the last century. The city also bears the name "Curramba la Bella" (the partying beauty), as the African, Caribbean, Arab or, for example, Turkish influences make the industrial and port city a culturally interesting metropolis.

Barranquilla Carnival

Barranquilla - The city of the world-famous carnival right on the Caribbean Sea!

One of the best and most famous carnivals in the world takes place in Barranquilla. On this occasion, the joy of celebration of the Colombians is particularly pronounced once a year - Due to its uniqueness, diversity and cultural richness, the Carnival of Barranquilla was declared an oral intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2003. It is one of the five most important, largest, best and certainly one of the most unique carnivals in the world. After the Rio Carnival, it is the second largest in the world!

Course of the carnival

The celebration takes place on three days - each day is accompanied by a different motto.

  1. Day: The official start of the Barranquilla Carnival is a Saturday on which the "Flower Battle" (Batalla de Flores) takes place. The carnival queen leads hundreds of folk dance groups past the palcos (grandstands). A sea of ​​colors and exuberant music accompanies this parade, which begins in the early morning hours and ends late at night.
  2. Day: On Sunday, countless dance groups celebrate the "Great Parade of Traditions" (Gran Parada de Tradición).
  3. Day: On Rose Monday, the “Big Orchestra” celebrates Carnival Tuesday with the ritual burial of Joselito. A relaxed atmosphere, parties until late into the night and Caribbean temperatures make this spectacle a very special event.

This event definitely stands up to a comparison to the Carnival of Rio.

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