Meet the Gay Carnival of Barranquilla, Colombia, in 20 photos (and how to go there!)
Everyone knows that the biggest Carnival in the world happens in Brazil, with its celebrations carried out in different ways between cities like Rio, Salvador, Recife and more recently São Paulo, where popular street plays have become popular.
But beyond Brazil, another great carnival in the world is in Colombia, you know? In fact, the South American country with a Caribbean coast proudly bears the title of "Second Largest Carnival in the World", just behind ours, of course. And in the festive and colorful Colombian city of Barranquila, a gay parade takes place every year. official parade of Carnival. It's called Gay Guacherna, which integrates a series of carnival events in the month of February in the country.
The gay festivity during Carnival began as usual in the 80's, when it was still repressed by the police. Luckily over time it was fully allowed: "After so many years, the people of Barranquilla understood that we are equal to them and what we do is also artistic," said Gay Carnival co-founder, Jairo Polo Altamar, who remembers the first edition in 1984.
To get an idea of the importance, in 2008 Unesco registered the Carnival of Barranquilla as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the beautiful fusion of cultures found in the Caribbean coast of Colombia. In the Gay Guacherna, more than 10 thousand people parade through the streets of the city in costumes that, unlike Brazil where the figures vary according to the samba-plot of the school, we see in a freer way always the same characters typical of the Colombian carnival culture, as is the case of the Marimondas with their long noses, ears and tails.
Are you interested in getting to know Colombia, which besides Barranquilla gives you much leisure and culture in cities like Cartagena and Bogota? Talk to the travel agency Viaje Entre Iguais and set up your package.
Check out a selection of 20 photos of the night of the 2019 Gay Carnival in the streets of Barranquila, taken by the German photographer Dirk Baumgartl, who was recently there. Check out more publications on your Instagram by clicking HERE.