Barranquilla’s Carnival is known as “Carnaval de Barranquilla” in Spanish. In keeping of the tradition and history of most Carnival’s it takes place in the days preceding Ash Wednesday. Barranquilla’s everyday city activities come to a halt during this time because the city is bustling with dancing, music and masquerade parades. Barranquilla’s Carnival is said to be second in size to Rio’s. The Colombian Carnival includes dances such as Spanish paloteo and African congo as well as other native dances. Various types of Colombian music are performed, although the most widely heard type is cumbia. In 2003, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “UNESCO” proclaimed the Carnival of Barranquilla to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Carnival dates for 2010 are February 13-16.
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