Celebrating Colombia’s Rich Culture: The Barranquilla Carnival
Latin America has a rich history of traditions and festivals, so many in fact we can’t possibly cover them all in this one blog post! In this snapshot blog post we’ll be exploring a Colombian culture festival.
The Barranquilla Carnival is one of the largest carnivals in the world. A few days before Ash Wednesday, the Barranquilla Carnival begins with The Battle of the Flowers where performers dance and sing on colorful, floral floats. Fire breathers show off their skills and dazzle onlookers on the streets. All throughout the streets, Cumbia music, native to Colombia, is played.
The Carnival is a grand exhibition of Colombian culture and African, Indian, and European influences. Over 1.5 million people outfitted in sequins, feathers, and colorful fabrics, celebrate and revel for four days in the port city of Barranquilla, Columbia. Not much is known about the origins or history of the festival, but it remains an example of the vibrancy of Columbian culture and tradition.