Posted on 13/02/2013

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Here is a blog post I wrote about Barranquilla’s Carnival for the new and upcoming tourism/travel company Uncover Colombia!

Uncover Colombia | Travel Blog

When most people hear the word “Carnival” their mind races to the world-famous parades of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. However, unbeknownst to many, Colombia has its own world-famous Carnival celebration held in the Atlantic city of Barranquilla.

Carnival arrived to Colombia during the Spanish colonization period, but only really began to flourish in the 1800s. Even so, it was not until 1903 that the first official parade was put together in Barranquilla (http://www.carnavaldebarranquilla.org). Since then, the Carnival celebrations have only gotten bigger and better!

It’s important to know that even though, officially, Carnival is celebrated for four days (beginning the Saturday before Ash Wednesday and lasting until what is commonly called “Fat Tuesday”), the Carnival season begins as soon as Christmas is over. I say “season,” because, like Christmas, Carnival is celebrated for more than just the four official days of festivities.

The Carnival…

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