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Hotel Genova Centro
Street 44# 44- 66
(57) (5) 3511199 - 3795989
Cel: 315 753 2771 - 315 734 6348
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Colombia's most important folklore celebration is its Carnaval. Its grand size and importance is second to only the Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro's, Brazil. The Carnaval has traditions that date back to the 19th century.
Forty days before Holy Week, Barranquilla decks itself out to receive national and foreign tourists. Joining with the city's inhabitants the visitors enjoy four days of intense festivities. During the Carnaval, Barranquilla's normal activities are paralyzed because the city is taken over with street dances, musical and masquerade parades.
Barranquilla's Carnaval includes dances like the Spanish paloteo, African congo and indigenous mico y micas. Many styles of Colombian music are also performed; most prominently cumbia, and drums and wind ensembles.
The Carnaval of Barranquilla was proclaimed Cultural Masterpiece of the Nation by Colombia's National Congress in 2001. Also the UNESCO, in Paris on November 7, 2003, declared it as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The Carnaval starts on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday with the Battle of the Flowers Parade, which is considered one of the main activities. Then, a Live Orchestra Festival with the most important Caribbean and Latin bands marks The Great Parade on Sunday and Monday. Tuesday signals the end of the Carnaval, announced by the burial of Joselito Carnaval, who is mourned by everyone.
Barranquilla's Carnaval slogan is: Who lives it, is who enjoys it (Quien lo vive, es quien lo goza).