Bogota, Mar 3 (Entravision) .- As is often the case each year by these dates, in several Latin American countries such as Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Panama are trying to forget the political problems, social or economic to be delivered in body and soul to different carnivals.
Without doubt, the most of these shows is in Brazil, in places like El Salvador, the capital of Bahia, and Olinda, neighboring to Recife (Pernambuco), but especially in Rio de Janeiro, which since last night is in full swing with the overcrowded and luxurious samba school parades cariocas, the most expected show of this feast that paralyzed the country.
Six samba schools, each with between 3,000 and 5,000 members with costumes drawn up, they danced And sang until well into the morning of today in the sambodromo, a avenue flanked by gallery, who these days becomes the epicenter of the brazilian carnival, until the election of the winner the next Wednesday.
this joined the street carnival Rio de Janeiro, a widespread happiness that, however, fails to forget about the whole months of social protests of various kinds such as evidenced by the huge trail of garbage that was left in the extras, because part of the River road sweepers are on strike since last Saturday in demand for wage improvements.
In Colombia, the fiesta is concentrated in Barranquilla, which yesterday was in its second day of Carnival the crowded and colorful parade Of the Great stop of tradition, with extras such as the traditional dances of the doodle, the Republic of the Congo and the Paloteo.
so, Barranquilleros were startled when and a good part of the inhabitants of the Caribbean Coast are still held to await the morning symbolic burial of “Joselito Carnival”, a character who according to legend dies by the excesses committed during the holidays but relive the following year.
Already after there will be time to worry about things like next Sunday’s parliamentary elections, in which were to be elected the new members of Congress who will accompany the next Government, to be chosen in May, and still in the midst of a peace process with the FARC that continues to divide a large part of the country
just aware that this type of feasts are a palliative to the hardship policies was that the Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, decided to expand to six days of labor downtime by the carnival, which in principle only had as holidays today and tomorrow.
In the middle of the political ferment that is live from the February 12 and that has already left at least 18 dead, thanks to this long “bridge” festive thousands of Venezuelans have moved to the beaches and other places of recreation.
Even, the Sunday showed pictures Mature beach and carnival in the social network Twitter for “To declare the victory of the carnivals” and ensure that Venezuela is going through an atmosphere of calm despite That, and even though they have had a lesser degree than in the previous days, the marches and protests are still in a good part of the country.
In Bolivia, with these festivities are also trying to forget, so momentarily, the drama that is live since October due to the heavy rains that have already left 59 dead, 60,000 affected families and millions of dollars in losses.
and although many municipalities were suspended the Carnival celebrations, good part of the regions it is celebrated from the weekend and until tomorrow, with costumed parades and dances with the of Oruro, Oral and Intangible Heritage by the Unesco, as the highest expression of the Bolivian folklore.
The event, held on Saturday, was attended by some 35,000 10,000 dancers and musicians Interpreters of Bolivian folk dances, as well as thousands of tourists, but this edition were dyed in mourning with the death of four people and injured dozens of the collapse a catwalk during the parade.
Uruguay, for his part, still in the midst of the summer holidays and after a month of Carnival, considered the longest in the world, seems to have forgotten discussions such as the adoption of the marijuana and up to now begin paying attention to the campaign for the October elections next.
while the remaining two weeks of this celebration is living in the country as a period of family break on Monday and Tuesday of Carnival only lives in a town, La Pedrera (Atlantic coast), with a great popular festival that brings together thousands of tourists, almost all young and Uruguayans.
In Panama, for these days didn’t very much interested in the general elections in May next, with The capital and part of the interior of the country enjoying since last Friday and until the early morning hours of Wednesday next of the feasts of the King Momo.
in Panama City, Panama, where the activity was made larger, it is estimated that some 25,000 tourists in total will go to see some 120 artists such as El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and Cheo Feliciano, who tomorrow will be a tribute.
in Ecuador as also seems to thing of the past the airy reaction of President Rafael Correa after the electoral triumph a week ago of the opposition in the major cities of the country, including Quito, and more than a million people have been mobilized to enjoy parades of floats, the traditional Water play and the celebration of the first indigenous crops.