Carnaval de Barranquilla - ¡Quien lo vive, es quien lo goza!One of the world’s oldest and largest carnaval celebrations happens in Barranquilla and that's where we have spent last three days watching, enjoying and partying with the locals.The carnaval is celebrated with parades of carts and dancing people and with street parties everywhere in the city. Approaching the parade street feels like going to a music festival, long before you can hear the pumping music, only this time it’s cumbia! The carnaval is huge and combines all the good elements of our Brabants carnaval, Latino vibes and Amsterdam's Queen’s Day - the entire city and streets filled up with laughing, drinking and dancing people.The reinas (queens of carnaval) are elected beforehand
and they look like real life Barbie dolls, so beautiful! Every little (and not so little) girl aspires to be one!Carnaval de Barranquilla is a hot combination of indigenous, African and Spanish cultures, it’s an explosion of colours, sexy movements and most of all beautiful smily happy proud people showing off their costumes and moves on the hypnotic rhythms of drums playing cumbia.There are street parties everywhere. Very loud music is playing from every house or from huge sound systems built in the back of cars.We ended up at La Troja, a salsa place, one night and at a random street party the other. The street parties are where families and people of all ages celebrate carnaval, spraying us with foam, throwing corn flour in our faces, inviting us to dance and sharing their drinks with us.<br style="color: font-family:
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