Buenos Aires Carnaval Fever
Throughout the month of February, the Carnaval 2012 spirit has been sweeping across Buenos Aires with some of the best 2012 Carnaval celebrations outside of Rio taking place on the Porteño streets. On Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st February, over 100 murgas (Carnaval bands) will be spread out across the city, ready to perform and create an incredible Buenos Aires Carnaval atmosphere.
Declared part of the Cultural Heritage of the city of Buenos Aires in 1997, experiencing the murga show is an activity that cannot be missed! The lyrics of the street musicians are called ‘‘criticas’’ which use humour and irony, to critically analyse their neighbourhood and society.
Each murga is therefore different and unique with each band creating their own rhythms, playing different instruments and wearing extravagant clothing. The murga of Buenos Aires has flourished in recent years due to the development of this art form in Argentina making Buenos Aires one of the top destinations for tourists to visit during the Buenos Aires Carnaval period.
The Buenos Aires Carnaval Parades are being held in the following neighbourhoods of: Abasto, Almagro, Bajo Flores, Bajo Núñez, Balvanera, Barracas, Belgrano, Boedo, Caballito, Coghlan, Colegiales, Flores, Liniers, Lugano, Mataderos, Monserrat, Palermo, Parque Avellaneda, Parque Centenario, Parque Patricios, Paternal, Piedrabuena, Pompeya, Saavedra, San Telmo, Villa Crespo, Villa Pueyrredón and Villa Urquiza. On Saturdays the Buenos Aires Carnaval celebrations begin at 19.00 and continue until 02.00 and on Sundays and the holidays the parties begin at 19.00 and end at 00.00. To make sure you don’t miss out on these authentic shows, click here to find your nearest Buenos Aires Carnaval party.
Buenos Aires and the Porteños do not need to be asked twice to enjoy a National Holiday and a good party. The following weekend, from Saturday 25th until Monday 27th February, the Gran Corso de Carnaval (The Big Carnival Parade) will be taking place on Avenue 9 de Julio and it marks the final event of Carnaval in Buenos Aires. Carnaval groups and samba schools from South American countries such as, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Bolivia are invited by the Government of Argentina to perform in this unmissable Carnaval Parade alongside street musicians and entertainers creating an unforgettable party atmosphere.
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