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Carnaval De Barranquilla

Barranquilla Carnival

A cosmopolitan port city renowned for its party-loving lifestyle, Barranquilla sees its streets transformed into a mesmerizing vision of brightly-colored costumes, energetic dancing and passionately-playing bands as it celebrates its annual street carnival. Taking place during the four days leading up to Ash Wednesday, the Barranquilla Carnival allegedly has its roots in the ceremonies of Colombia’s ancient indigenous inhabitants, in the traditions brought to South American shores by European colonialists and in the occasional music-orientated festivities enjoyed by 18th Century African slaves.

It is the sheer diversityof cultures celebrated during the carnival period, therefore, which captivates the attention of the admiring crowd as they recognize the richness of Colombia’s unique historical past.