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The costumes and the dances are seen around the world. The music is so rhythmic that your soul starts to move. Feathers and glitter and paint and foam. This is Carnaval.

Carnaval is the celebration of the days before the Catholic holiday of Ash Wednesday. In other parts of the world this festival is know as Mardi Gras. It is a traditional weekend party that is supposed to be the last time to go crazy before the Catholic observation of Lent. In the religion, Catholics have to be more humble, fast on certain days, and be less indulgent. This observation last 40 days so you know that people are going to be living it up that weekend!
No Carnaval on earth is quite like the one in Barranquilla. It is the second largest in the world behind Rio de Janeiro. Barranquilla is a port city on Colombia´s Caribbean coast and is the hometown of two of Colombia´s most famous cultural icons, Shakira and Sofia Vergara. Unlike the normal Carnaval that only last one weekend, Barranquilleros take to the street and party all month long. When you experience Carnaval in Barranquilla, you´ll understand why everyone is so fascinated by and attracted to Colombia. You will be overcome by the flavors, sights, and sounds of the Caribbean. If you are in Cartagena this month, it definitely worth a weekend trip to check out the action. The main fiesta will be happening from Feb 10-Feb 13. Located just 2 hours from Cartagena, buses and transport are easy.
Feb 10
-Battle of the Flowers 1pm
-King Momo Parade 3pm
-Comedian Festival 5pm
-Baila la calle – Orchestra Night 7pm
Feb 11
-The Great Parade of Tradition and Folklore 1pm
-Comedian Festival 5pm
-Group Prayers for the sick and needy 6pm
-The Election and Coronation of the Carnaval Queen 7pm
-Baila la calle – Orchestra Night 7pm
Feb 12
-Carnaval Drum Parade 1pm
-Festival of Orchestras 3pm
-Comedian Festival 5pm
Feb 13
-Joselito Carnaval leaves the festival 4pm
-Group Prayers for the sick and needy 5pm
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Guacherna Night

The coastal city of Barranquilla is normally an industrial, hard-working city, often overlooked by tourists on their travels between the touristic cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta. It also happens to be the home to the biggest carnival in Colombia, and the second biggest carnival in South America.

Whilst the official carnival procession takes place in mid-February, the celebrations and incredible party atmosphere often spill over into the months of January and March, in the pre- and post-Carnival celebrations. The tradition of the Guacherna celebration dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century and is one of the most visually pleasing, energetic and must-see events of the Barranquilla carnival.

The word Guacherna is shrouded in mystery for foreigners and Colombians alike. When asked to describe its meaning, one tourist from Medellin could only say, “It’s just like a huge party”. And that’s exactly what you should expect; the streets are full of people in brightly colored dresses and feathers, there’s dancing and music on every street corner, and groups of friends and families laugh, drink and eat together in flocks like exotic birds. Beauty queens enchant and enamor the crowds, and in the processions there is an endless stream of people of all ages, representing their multi-faceted Colombia through traditional and African-inspired dance in a way that will surely get your heart pumping. The atmosphere is guaranteed to be buzzing; happiness fills the streets and even if you swear you don’t dance – watch out because it’s contagious!

Barranquilla city has a lot to offer during carnival, and the way the festivities transform the city is truly magical. Doors that are normally shut are opened, and the city is enthralled with the energy, movement and colors that can be found on every street corner. Tradition says that carnivals are used to let off steam and release the stress of the previous year in order to start the new year, a celebration of birth and renewal, and the glorious mix of African, European, Pagan and Catholic traditions all comes together to make the perfect chaos that is Barranquilla Carnival.

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