Barranquilla Carnival 2020 — The Most Essential Advice

Barranquilla, Colombia Start Date: 22/02/2020 End Date: 25/02/2020
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Carnaval de Barranquilla 2020

Barranquilla Carnival 2020 will be a tremendous non-stop colorful party at a top Colombian Caribbean destination.

So huge it welcomes over one million and a half festival goers arriving from anywhere imaginable.

Carnaval de Barranquilla 2020

Barranquilla Carnival 2020 will be a tremendous non-stop colorful party at a top Colombian Caribbean destination. The carnival is so huge it welcomes over one million and a half festival goers arriving from anywhere imaginable.

  • Barranquilla Carnival 2020 is from February 22nd – 25th of February | Saturday-Tuesday 
  • Carnival Entrance is free. 

It’s no surprise since this cultural gala full of coastal folklore is a unique experience not just during the carnival events but also in the vivacious people that live the carnival to the max partying on every city street transforming it into biggest dance floor in the world.

Why is the Barranquilla Carnival celebrated?

The Barranquilla carnival originally celebrated in Cartagena de Indias, was an expression day of the Afro-Colombian slave’s roots, mixed with carnival heritage from Spain.

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The carnival has scheduled grand events including – traditional parades, folkloric dances, and music performances.

They take place at parks, plazas, and main city streets where adults, youth and children come together to enjoy the festivity.

So do not think twice and join the third biggest carnival in the world, after Rio De Janeiro Carnival and Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival. Party like you never have before with the following activities:

 

Barranquilla Carnival Schedule and Daily Events

The city is ready for the party as the art-deco buildings are decorated with brilliant flowers and vendors display their handcrafts.

You will see hats, woven bags and the famous carnival masks rendering the floor to the ‘lectura de Bando’ (proclamation) happening at two popular scenarios; Plaza de la Paz and the new Granada soccer field.

In 2020 you can also go to a concert on the 21st of February, with some famous names: UB40, Carlos Vives, Ricky Martin, and more.

If you’re arriving 2 days earlier, you can see the coronation of the queen. On February 20th at 8:00pm, Romelio Martínez Stadium.

The carnival queen will order that everyone Must dance and have fun until Ash Wednesday. Afterwards everyone can flock the streets and join the main Carnival events as follows:

La Batalla de Las Flores (Battle of the Flowers)

  • Time: February 22nd, 2020 | from 12:00pm – 7:00pm.
  • Day: Saturday.
  • Place: Road 40 (battle of the flowers), street 17 (King Momo March), Cra. 50 (Street Dance).

 

Happening on Saturday is the most important event composed by floats of colorful allegorical cars.

battle of the flowers ladies with costumes on an eagle float at the barranquilla carnival

Image by: Ashley Bayles

 

The carnival’s main characters are king ‘Rey Momo,’ and ‘Maria Monitas,’ parading in company of dancers in full costumes. They give tribute to their Indigenes, Spanish, and African roots through their choreographies and music.

La Gran Parada (the grand stop)

  • Time: February 23rd, 2020 | from 1:00pm – 9:00pm.
  • Day: Sunday.
  • Place: Road 40 (grand stop), Cra. 50 (street dance), Barrio Abajo (Encuentro de Letanías).

 

Takes place on Sunday where only traditional folkloric groups compete with cumbias. This a traditional folkloric dance derived from the integration of the Indigenes, Africans and Spanish musical instrumental rhythms.

The result is in one of the most sensual, amusing, and famous dance worldwide.

In addition, to dance to well-known songs like el congo, el caiman, el son de negro and many more for the opportunity to participate next year at ‘La batalla de las flores.’

Festival de Orquestras (Orchestras’ festival)

  • Time: February 24th, 2020 | from 1:00pm – 7:00pm.
  • Day: Monday.
  • Place: Romelio Martínez Stadium (Orchestras’ Festival), Road 40 (Comparsas Grand Stop), Park Olaya (Comedian Meeting).

 

Starting early Monday afternoon until the graveyard hours on Tuesday. Several music categories of orchestras and musical groups showcase various carnival music with drums, maracas and millet flutes.

They feature the year’s traditional dances that were vivid in the city during the 70s and 80s.

traditional cumbia music with the traditional clothes at the orchestras festival in barranquilla carnival

Image by: Ashley Bayles

 

Entierro de Joselito Carnaval (funeral of Joselito Carnival)

  • Time: February 25th, 2020 | from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
  • Day: Tuesday.
  • Place: Highway 58 and street 54 (Funeral of Joselito), Park Almendra (Comedian Meeting).

 

Happening on Tuesday the last day of the carnival Barranquilla.

Everyone mourns the death of Joselito, a traditional character representing the happiness of the Carnival.

After 4 days of partying he dies announcing the culmination of the festivities over crying widows wearing masks. No worries because everyone in Colombia are eager to welcome him back to life next year.

eniterro de joselito or joselito's burrial women faking tears and laughing near on a costumed man on a coffin at the fourth and last day of the barranquilla carnival

Image by: @anamariaariza via Instagram

 

woman dressed in black mourning clothes at joselito's burrial or entierro de joselito in spanish at barranquilla carnival

Image by: @darlyramos via Instagram

 

Colombian Masks and Costumes

the carnival is characterized by carnival masks including the famous ‘Marimonda’ mask.

It consists of a hooded cloth bag with three holes, a long nose, and floppy elephant like ears. It is wore by men symbolizing their desire to sexual pursuits and to have the most fun possible at the Barranquilla Carnival.

Other famous masks made with mache paper with different colors and designs include ‘el toro’ (the bull) representing the leader of the herb, and ‘el gorila’ (gorilla) a member of the animal herb of the Congo’s (African) dances, other animal masks are tiger, dog, donkey, and many more.

Also, there are is a huge array of costumes that include dracula, demon, ‘cabezones’ (big heads) and of course the traditional African and Caribbean costumes.

They display the various cultures usually women wearing beautiful flowers on their head and dresses with long ruffle skirts, with different colors including the country’s flag yellow, blue, and red.

Other South American Carnivals in lent include: Oruro Devil Carnival

 

So Why Barranquilla Carnival?

Carnaval de Barranquilla is about partying, music, food, but above all is about the striking people that live and feel carnival as if there is no tomorrow. 4 days of pure happiness. Book your room now.

why is the Barranquilla Carnival celebrated?

The Barranquilla carnival originally celebrated in Cartagena de Indias, was an expression day of the Afro-Colombian slave’s roots, mixed with carnival heritage from Spain.

 

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