Carnival in Havana

Carnival in Havana

It is August and as part of the traditions in the Cuban capital carnivals are celebrated in Havana. It is a party full of colorful, comparsas and dancers. The appointment is Friday, August 18. It begins with the ride of floats and comparsas from Calle 19 to Calle Marina, on the Malecón in the city.

You can enjoy the parade of 14 comparsas and 18 floats. In addition to a wide gastronomic offer in the 81 kiosks installed in the Malecón section. It extends from the Pirogue to Marina Street.

The carnivals in Havana constitute one of the country’s oldest traditions. It has its roots in past centuries during the celebrations of the day of Corpus Christi and the Epiphany. In those days the black slaves organized dances and collective marches.

Authorized by their Spanish masters, the African slaves enjoyed some days of rest once a year. In addition, every six of January or King’s Day they were allowed to reproduce the songs and dances of their native lands.

The dates have been changing over time. However there are no changes in the whirlwind of salsa music and color animated by comparsas. The main ones are: La Jardinera, La Giraldilla de La Habana, Guaracheros de Regla, Los Marqueses de Atarés and El Alacrán.

Many of these groups, prepare their relief in the smallest. For them there is also place in the carnival celebrations.

Precisely one of the holidays is completely dedicated to children. Clowns, magicians, floats and treats are included in the malecon .

For those who for the first time encounter these festivities, the union of elements such as color, traditional dances and criollo rhythms -in many cases accompanied by the drum and the sharp sound of the Chinese cornet- creates a sense of belonging that calls them to repeat the experience.

Each year the spectators become active participants during the development of the festivities, since the sound of the music played by the choicest popular groups of the island and the sticky refrains constitute a call to dance, no matter the origin of people, whether national or foreign.

The parades along the Malecon promenade also have among the most demanded characters the so-called “Muñecones”, huge figures representing the most diverse characters, in addition to the lamplighters, artists who are part of the show wearing multicolored accessories that make them turn keep going.

As a complement, dishes from Cuban gastronomy, refreshing drinks – especially the popular cold beer and the genuine rum of the island – and the natural scenery offered by the Malecón are combined to integrate a unique option that calls for the enjoyment of all the inhabitants of the capital and its guests.


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