carnaval of the world -
It has to see
it, to live it, to dance it and to enjoy it. Our
will be able not to have the fantastic luxuries and brass
foils of the one of Rio de Janeiro. But it has in sweeping abundance
- since they have said to all the costeños experts in the subject
incomparable espontaneidad and a wealth to it folkloric. Difficult
to find in other Carnavals of the planet.
The great barranquillero photographer Enrique Garcia who has seen
during years, through their wonderful lens, describes to our
celebration standard in a beautiful, comparativily magnificent
phrase as one of its multicolors photographies: "
the Carnaval is like
thousand plays in a single scene".
And in effect, that is
the Carnaval of Barranquilla: an immense one and renewed
collective theater in which all the passions arise as if it was a
giant animal that wakes up rugiendo and unfolding its indómita force
and sweeping energy. A theater multiple, filled with parodias and
allegories that, according to the personal taste or inclinations,
space for all its personages has: a coqueta and bold woman, somebody
of the local, national or international present time, a negrita
puloy, a monocuco, one marimonda, a bull, a donkey, a dog, a tiger,
gorila or any other species of the Zoological loose carnestoléndico
and jumping by the streets.
Maribel Padilla, manager of the Foundation
Carnaval of the South-West, also
defines ours magna celebration like: "a extravagance of pure feeling
of the town, whose preoccupations by
the state of violence of the country are erased, while in the
middle of the joy and its love to the life it shows his identity,
their roots, their authenticity temporarily".
Or in the words of barranquillero professor Rafael Mazenet Grove: "
the Carnaval costeño, and
the one of
Barranquilla in individual, is the great scene in where that way of
being Caribbean which it are expressed by means of gestual,
graphical, verbal, musical the language and through the dance, the
and the disguise
explodes". That it is in which we are the costeños from Batalla de
It is to say: the
Carnaval is the alive simbolización of the comedy that mofa
of the daily life in which the tragedy usually is all-powerful. He
is a little while collective, fleeting and intense, that, by means
of the satire and the ridicule, shows to us, the other way around,
the reality of every day. That that becomes so routine and tiresome
that there is to at least once throw it by the window to the year.
It is a seasonal celebration and close able to shake the soul
the barranquilleros and costeños to them that live it and they enjoy
it. From the day of the Side to the midnight of today Tuesday of
Joselito - his anthological personage dies again and he is shrouded
happily in his eccentric and festive coffin. Resting of its four
days of jolgorio and borracheras. Rest of which one will rise,
again, the following year, lúcido and jubilant, to again undertake
its eternal ritual of berroche and joy.
For that reason this gust of wind of madness that, like every twelve
months, has returned to happen over the city and the region is all
the opposite of the devastating Biblical plagues. Its vivifying
blowing extends and electrifies bodies and souls by all the corners
of Caribbean geography. He is "levántate and it walks", that
resonates in all the country removing it from its habitual
postration. And preparing it, with
the model costeño, to leave the marsh of the desperation in
which one has been being sunk by tántas committed political
stupidities at the highest level for tántos years.
We are in agreement with the supreme and spontaneous authority of
this celebration, Reina Maria Gabriela Diago Garcia, when the
impulse of its
extraordinary predecessors has said yet in the middle of the frenzy
of comparsas who turn and advance by the halls, streets and seats,
within the delirious multitude, that
of Barranquilla has been always and will continue being " the
of the world". By the same, it is necessary to already begin
to prepare the next one