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Carnaval
Carnaval

Carnaval

9.33 reviews
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Carnival is a popular festival that takes place every year in Uruguay from mid January to late February.

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Cagliari

Uruguay has the longest lasting Carnaval of South America: 40 days of celebration. One of the most interesting events is the Desfile de las Llamadas – a parate that last all night, accompanied by the sound of drums and candombe, an instrument which was first brought to Uruguay by African slaves in the 18th century. There even is a Museo de Carnaval in Montevideo. A fun experience.

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Phoenix
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Dumb luck had my first night in Montevideo coincide with the Inaugural Parade of Carnival, the last Friday of January. I certainly didn't know about it beforehand. The Defile started on Plaza Independencia, went the length of Avenida 18 de Julio and took in other barrios of the city toward the end. The floats, parades, music, and everything else was pretty much what you'd expect at a carnival, what made this one incredibly fun was the spontaneous feel and atmosphere surrounding the whole event. The floats were patchwork at best (the elaborate Pasadena Rose Parade it is not), the sound system kept breaking up, they were way, way behind schedule, it didn't stop anyone from having a great time! Again, it was the feel of spontaneity among the locals that made it for me, from the homemade costumes and masks everyone was wearing to the slaps on the back of tourists and inviting them to share their drinks - in plastic cups only, no glass containers, police was everywhere and they took it very seriously. I went back to the hostel around 02:00 (it would have been later but I didn't meet anyone interesting at the hostel and partying by yourself is a little less fun) and the party was still going on! Carnival lasts about a week in Uruguay.

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