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Feria de la Chinita, Venezuela

Feria de la Chinita, Venezuela

The bustling Venezuelan city of Maracaibo really goes all out with the Feria de la Chinita, its celebration of the feast day of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá. The 10-day jubilee is led by a beautifully costumed festival queen, and is characterised by music, parades, games and folklore stories. A popular “Gala of Beauty” is held, a beauty contest which attracts thousands of local contestants, and traditional pipe music is often played throughout the night.