Despite the increase in cases of covid-19 in the Caribbean region, the Barranquilla carnival will be held

Officially celebrated for the first time in 1865, the Barranquilleros have never stopped organizing their popular festivals and even held them during the two world wars. EFE / Ricardo Maldonado / Archive

The beginning of the year was accompanied by a wave of contagion of covid-19 in the country, and while in the world the alarms were lit due to the expansion of the Ómicron variant, in Colombia festivities such as the Fair of Cali and welcomed the 67th edition of the Manizales Fair.

Now, continuing with the string of festivals in the different regions of the country, the turn is for the Barranquilla Carnival, on which there has been speculation regarding the holding or not of several parades, at least in person.

On January 4, its director, Sandra Gómez, confirmed that the comparsas will take place, with the exception of some parades. The main reason: the considerable increase in covid-19 cases in the capital of the Atlantic. Despite the positives, the celebrations corresponding to the pre-carnival will begin on January 22; four days later the Carnival will formally begin.

On the other hand, Sincelejo is another of the cities that is preparing for its fairs and festivals: on January 20 its traditional and questioned corralejas begin, due to the cases of animal abuse that occur there. In fact, the boxes are ready to start this type of celebration from next Wednesday the 12th of the same month.

However, from some sectors it is requested that the corralejas be canceled, which is why Héctor Olimpo Espinosa, governor of Sucre, replied that the final decision corresponds to the mayor of Sincelejo, Andrés Gómez.

And it is that ‘the good party, the party in Corraleja’, as the song composed by Rubén Darío Salcedo proclaims, closed 2021 with several parties in the municipalities of San Marcos and Sampos, but currently there is a struggle that brings together two positions: that of those who affirm that they must be maintained to reactivate the economy, against that of those people who invite the suspension of the ‘Fiesta brava’ due to biosecurity issues and, added to it, that of several animal groups who see a danger in these meetings for the animals.

Meanwhile, in Riohacha restrictions are maintained for massive events during the weekends and that they are contemplated within the framework of the carnival. Similarly, parades of floats are not authorized, It is worth mentioning that in the capital of La Guajira it is common to do the so-called ‘pilón fridays’, which consist of several groups along the main roads of the city and close with the traditional booths.

In Santa Marta, meanwhile, the Cayman Festival was canceled, also known as the Cienaguero Cayman Festival, which was going to take place in the town of Ciénaga (Magdalena) and with which the cultural agenda of the Department. According to Luis Tete Samper, local mayor, the suspension of the event was decreed as a measure to prevent the spread of covid-19, taking into account the outbreak that is being experienced in the country.

Valledupar canceled the central festival where the 472 years of its foundation were commemorated, while in Montería all the massive events, especially concerts, were canceled.

Finally, in the department of Bolívar, the decision to allow or restrict the festivities will be made by each local mayor, and in ‘La heroica’ the Cartagena Music Festival culminated successfully this Monday, which brought together the best of regional and national gastronomy. with chamber music.


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