The pre-Lenten Carnaval of Caribbean-coastal Barranquilla is second in the world only to Rio de Janeiro’s in terms of size and extravagance (more than a half mlliion participants), but is still less glitzy, commercialized, and closer to its 19th-century folk roots, mixing European, African, and pre-Hispanic cultures (and for that reason has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage treasure). Read more about it and Barranquilla in my blog post here.


(Michelle Mariani)


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