Carnaval-Style Parade Continues Bogota Birthday Celebration – 27 Images

Yet another extremely pleasant Sunday afternoon surprise.

More than 2,000 dancers and musicians from the Colombian cities of Barranquilla and Pasto took part in a Carnaval-style parade in Bogota’s downtown districts yesterday as part of the city’s 477th anniversary celebration.

Several thousand people lined the parade route that snaked through the capital from the centro internacional to the central Bolivar Square. And in the case of many revelers who didn’t want to stop there, a bit beyond as well.

Those who came from Barranquilla brought with them pieces and parts of the Carnaval de Barranquilla, Colombia’s most important folklore celebration and also one of the biggest carnivals in the world which annually takes place forty days before the Christian Holy Week. In 2003 it was proclaimed a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The participants from Pasto were representative of the city’s renowned Carnaval de Negros y blancos de Pasto, or Blacks and Whites’ Carnival, the largest carnival in southern Colombia, held each January. It too received UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity proclamation.

The best sculpture was the one pictured at top. It was massive but well-balanced; I watched three men hold and position it as they handed it over from one dancer-carrier to another.

I was feeling a little burned out by Bogota’s grit and desperation over the past week so crossing paths with the parade was a chestful of much-needed fresh air. The color, the smiles, the moves and the grooves were just what the proverbial doctor ordered. All things considered, it was probably the best way to spend and remember my last Sunday afternoon in the Colombian capital.

Twenty-six more images below. For editorial use, check out the images I filed for Demotix / Corbis. Or get in touch. Enjoy and as always, feel free to share!

Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 1 Fire breathers on stilts Bogota Dancers in Bogota Street Carnival 18 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 5 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 14 Dancers in Bogota Street Carnival 19 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 11 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 8 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 4 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 9 Dancers in Bogota Street Carnival 20 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 10 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 12 Singer in Bogota Street Carnival Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 7 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 15 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 6 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 3 Drummer in Bogota Street Carnival 1 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 17 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 13 Dancer in Bogota Street Carnival 2 Giant mask in Bogota Street Carnival

Float in Bogota Street Carnival 2 Float in Bogota Street Carnival Happy 477th birthday Bogota

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And for the record, the lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 585th straight. All were taken on 09 August 2015 in Bogota, Colombia.

 

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  1. Manja Mexi Movie says

    Thanks for these. Not planning to see something like this in person any time soon. Love the green couple in slippers the most.

  2. Cardinal Guzman says

    A fun parade and gallery!

  3. Gone Wild says

    Now we know who bought all those neon swimsuits and underwear from the 80s. LOL

  4. Elusive Trope says

    Awesome. I especially liked the pic of the fire breather. As well as how something like people celebrating can change a mood.

    1. Bob R says

      It changed mine immediately. Wasn’t there a song about loving a parade? 🙂

  5. letmebefree says

    So bright and vibrant!

  6. ThoughtsbyPC says

    So much colour – great post!

  7. phdinmeblog says

    Cool pics! Felt like I was there and I didn’t even have to experience the grit and despair beforehand. Thanks! Light and Love, Shona

  8. jacquelineobyikocha says

    Very colourful.

  9. leannenz says

    wow, can almost feel the energy!

  10. JoHanna Massey says

    These are fabulous. Wanting so much to attend one of these. Truly must have been quite an amazing event to photograph for you. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Bob R says

      It was fantastic. And best part about it was that I had no idea it was going on until I literally stumbled upon and over it.

      1. JoHanna Massey says

        Oh, those are the best kind of days ever.
        My best to you.

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