Barranquilla Carnival is the largest party in Colombia, as it attracts nearly two million people, who dress up and go out onto the streets to sing and dance in February every year.
With a lot of beer and aguardente, the festivity lasts for four days and starts on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Since 2003, it has been considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. During the days of the party, more than 500 bands present live performances on the streets, playing traditional songs, among partygoers dressed as folk characters, such as Marimonda, a symbol of Barranquilla, who is responsible for leading the Carnival dance, always dressing in vibrant colors and in a great mood.
As any great street Carnival should be, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun. The Colombian people, who are known for being warm, welcome international travelers with great joy, are always proud of sharing the traditions of the Caribbean region with the world.