Let the Carnival Begin!

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Would you like to escape for a moment into the incredible and fascinating world of Carnival? You’ve come to the right place! Read this article and immerse yourself into three of the most beautiful carnivals in the world. Are you ready? We take you to Brazil, Peru and Colombia… Let the party begin!


Rio de Janeiro, official shows and street celebrations!

Unquestionably, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival in Brazil is the most famous in the world! For many years now, millions of people have been coming to watch this amazing show! The Carnival in Brazil is a real institution, while the whole country celebrates it, the most awaited performance takes place at the Sambadrome of Rio. The Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí or better known as Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro is an avenue surrounded by bleachers built in 1983 by the architect Oscar Niemeyer. In this giant place take place the official parades of the samba schools! The event is carefully prepared each year with the hope of winning the coveted title of the best school in the city! For this occasion, each school creates a choreography and a song according to a theme given in advance. They present them on D-Day in front of thousands of people!


Carnival in the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro with Moneytrans blog


Outside of the Sambódromo, the party is also in full swing! On the program: wild rhythms of samba-enredor, samba de bloco, samba de embalo and marchinha, songs, dances and a lot of colours! Brazilians and tourists celebrate together and follow the carnaval blocos. These groups of people from the same neighbourhood or school dress up in similar costumes and walk the streets of the city singing and dancing! Some of the best known are Monobloco, Cordão do Bola Preta or Simpatia é Quase Amor.


Cajamarca, a busy schedule! 

Welcome to the capital of the Peruvian carnival: Cajamarca! You won’t get bored there, the agenda is full! Even before the Carnival week, you can attend a variety of cultural festivals as well as the election of the Carnival Queen which takes place a few days before the beginning of the celebrations.


Carnival in Cajamarca with Moneytrans blog


The first day is marked by the entrance of the Ño Carnavalón, an emblematic doll. The locals also call it “el Rey Momo”. On that day, the inhabitants of the town paint themselves with a mixture of water, flour and paint and walk around the city with the Ño Carnavalón. Symbolically, it spreads joy throughout the city. Then, the festivities continue with the competition of patrullas and comparsas from the city’s neighbourhoods and schools, the unmissable event of the week! They parade through the streets with costumes and masks of all colours, singing traditional “coplas” of carnival! A jury marks their performance and chooses the best costume and patrulla! On Monday, the “Gran Corso de Carnaval” takes place, a parade of colourful and well-decorated floats! The following days, you should attend “Velorio” and “Entierro del Ño Carnavalón”, two ceremonies that end the celebration. The carnival doll is taken to Baños del Inca, where the wills are read in a very parodic way. After that, the doll is burned and buried. That’s how Carnival ends!


Barranquilla, an amazing cultural mix!

“Quien lo vive, es quien lo goza” or, in English, “Who lives it is who enjoys it!” is the slogan of this incredible celebration! This carnival will surely amaze you as it is one of the most colourful in the world! It is also the most important cultural festival in Colombia and the world second largest carnival after Rio de Janeiro. It is not a surprise that the Unesco listed it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity!


Carnival in Barranquilla with Moneytrans blog


The Barranquilla Carnival is a symbol of cultural mix! A variety of dances of Indigenous, African and European origins are represented such as the mico y micas, the African congo or the paloteo. Regarding to the music, it happens the same! The sounds are influenced by several cultures. You will surely hear the festive rhythms of cumbia, puya and porro! Carnival starts with “la Batalla de los Flores” (Battle of the Flowers), a big parade that lasts more than six hours! The following day, the Great Parade of Rey Momo – the carnival mascot – takes place. Finally, the festivities end with the burial of “Joselito Carnival”!


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