Vibrant Colombian Carnival Brings Havana Streets to Life

Created: 2013-07-12 18:32 EST

Category: World > South America
Colombia's famed Barranquilla Carnival colored the streets of the Cuban capital Havana with vibrant shades and cheerful music on Wednesday.
After holding their main presentation at the America Theatre, dancers and musicians took to the streets with an array of original costumes.
The Carnival is an expression of the Colombian people; using a blend of colours, races, legends, and musical rhythms like cumbia, mapale, and son del negro.
[Jorge Alfaro, America Theatre Director]:
"I think I am doing my bit to entertain the public, not in the middle of Havana but in the middle of Cuba and I simply think... Look at the people, you have seen the enthusiasm of the people and how they have accepted this, with joy."
Barranquilla Carnival was declared a World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, by UNESCO in 2003.
It fuses European, African, and Indian cultures with the Catholic festivities brought by the Spaniards from the Old World to become a spectacular folk festivity.