This Saturday started the Barranquilla Carnival, the festival is expected throughout the year in the Colombian Caribbean, and that this time coincides with the tenth anniversary of its declaration as a Masterpiece of Oral and Immaterial Patrimony of Humanity by Unesco.
The celebration began with the Battle of Flowers, a parade of 16 giant carriages, accompanied by troupes, costumes and musicians who was attended the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, with his family and several ministers in his government.
Santos joined the Carnival of Barranquilla, considered one of the ten most important carnival celebrations in the world, and took advantage of the opening to make a call for peace.
The center of the festival was the parade of the Queen of Carnival, this year embodied in María Margarita Diazgranados, who toured the city in a special carriage of the Empress, dancing to the Afro-Colombian rhythm.
The carnival continues today with the Grand Parade of Tradition, a parade in which it can appreciate the richness and cultural diversity that make this party a patrimony of Colombia and of Humanity that is made in the “Cumbiódromo”.