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Carnivals in Santiago de Cuba

The Santiago de Cuba Carnival, popular party of traditions. The wanted and waited meeting in the whole Island of Cuba. This jubilee increases in the east part of the country, specifically in the City of Santiago de Cuba that it was taken to the streets of the city at the beginning of the XX century.

This doesn't mean that those were the origins for these dates. The musical enthusiasm was really already uncontrollable from the colony’s times. For those times the slaves took place singing their saints. For that reason they celebrate in July 24, Santa Cristina's days, Santiago Apostle’s day "Patron of Santiago de Cuba" July 25, and Santa Ana and San Joaquín’s day July 26. This party goes on until end of the month.

Just in June begins the practices of this welcoming event. The congas and the choreography practices their steps unfailingly for the sake of reaching a strict accuracy to the music's compass, getting better and better, inspired to obtain the first place at the end of these festivities.

The Carnival Spirit

The carnival spirit is uncontrollable once come closer these dates. The diverse group prepare their dresses and they adorn their coach to present to the world the theme of this year. Theme that it can be an event of present time, a fraternal greeting to some closer country, a satire to the government (already It’s not allowed), or really any madness that the group of participants decides to carry out.

In this month Santiago de Cuba vibrates responding with a hot enthusiasm. Congas, walks and kiosks excites the enthusiasm of all people in Santiago de Cuba that wait with yearning the whole year to celebrate this carnival.

From the dawn the first day that it starts, uniting the day with the night throughout two weeks, until the festival is done, everything is pure joy without stop condition.

All these festivities begin with a carnival dedicated to the children, Carnaval Infantíl well called. In the Carnaval Infantíl parade, big dolles, jugglers, and a series of elements that symbolize and makes the necessary and healthy environmet, of infantile reality for this group of persons that the same as the adults enjoy to the maximum of all this popular joy.

The Carnival Spirit

The expected "Paseos" (Walks) that are not more than a traditional dance type with original vestment that announce their entrance with jugglers and banderoles, followed by a choreography that it can extends from one until three blocks in its demonstrations of dexterity with a professional great precision according to the neighborhood, besides the allegorical suits of the dancers where an entire range of splendor and luxury colorful fills the streets of Santiago de Cuba.

While the parades are in all their acme and the mamarrachos (those that dress the disguise of their walk or conga) get up to one's old tricks, the kiosks decorates to the rest of the city. The city really get dressed up, blocks after blocks are decorated and beautified, and it fill with kiosks. There is who affirm that it is in these places where better we can enjoy the big party.

The kiosks, of rustic wooden construction and guano roof are easily and quick to mount and it is made with a lot of care, some establishments adorned and designed in full colour where it is served food and drinks. Touch very peculiar and Caribbean. The typical plate is the "congrí, goat chilindrón and ayaca" (to the tamale in leaf in Santiago is called ayaca) with by very cold beer and rum.

Next to the kiosk, a scenario is placed, or rather scaffold, where every day of the carnival a different grouping plays, from the most grateful in Cuba, or of the world, until beginners.

Santiaguero people and the carnival are became into a single thing. Interacting to the same compass. For two weeks at the end of July (before they were more lingering) the happiness and the hospital spirit contaminate and bewitch to the participants and spectators equally, being all part of the carnival.