November Independence Festival

Cartagena, known as “la ciudad amurrallada”, received its independence from Spain in 1933 and every year since has celebrated with a party which over the decades has grown considerably larger.

Today, revelers, decked out in colorful dresses and traditional costumes and masks, celebrate “las fiestas de Noviembre” over the span of a week or so, with carnivals, parades, speeches, fireworks, dance performances and traditional Caribbean Music.

The festival takes place in every corner of the city and is so big that schools even shut their doors for the week allowing students to partake in the festivities. Similar to Carnaval in neighboring Barranquilla, this is a festival you wont want to miss!


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