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When is the Barranquilla Carnival celebrated?

Traditionally, the Barranquilla Carnival takes place at the end of February and/or the beginning of March, taking place on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Each edition has a different start date, although the 4 carnival days are always respected, which are usually decreed as civic days by the mayor of Barranquilla. On this occasion, Barranquilla Carnival will take place between Saturday, February 22, 2020 and Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Carnival of Barranquilla 2020 Schedule

These are the events scheduled for Barraquilla’s Carnival 2020.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Barranquilla Carnival will begin on Saturday, February 22 with the Battle of Flores where a massive exhibition is shown at noon on Via 40. At 2pm on Carrera 17 a large parade is scheduled, where floats, dance groups and costumes and where some of the most representative characters of the Barranquilla Carnival will be shown as Rey Momo or Maria Moñitos. To end the first day, Dance in the Street is scheduled at 5pm in Carrera 50, to start the carnival’s party.

Sunday, 23 February, 2020

The Carnival on Sunday starts at 1pm on Carrera 40 with the parade of the Great Tradition and Folklore, where musical shows of traditional folk groups, cumbiambas and troupes occur. Again, at 5pm there will be a Dance in the Street, this time with characters such as marimondas and congos. At 7 pm in the Barrio Abajo, the Encuentro de Lejanias will take place, which is a tribute to the oral tradition of the Barranquilla Carnival.

Monday, 24 February, 2020

On Monday, the Orchestra Festival will be held at Romelio Martinez Stadium, where national and international artists will be performing in different categories of orchestras and groups in an event that usually runs until the early hours of Tuesday. Also at 1pm, but on Via 40, the great Comparsas Show will be developed, similar to the Great Tradition and Folklore on the previous day, but with slightly more elaborate presentations and not as improvise as the ones on Sunday. At 5pm the Olaya Park will be the scene of a comedy meeting to spend a very pleasant afternoon.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

The burial of Joselito Carnaval will be the end of the Barranquilla Carnival 2020. The ritual consists of cheerful widows burying the body of this important figure that symbolizes the happiness of the Carnival of Barranquilla. The funeral of Joselito Carnaval will take place in Carrera 54 with Calle 58 at 4pm. At the same time there will be another comedy meeting, this time in the Almendra Park.

History of the Barranquilla Carnival

The Barranquilla Carnival originated more than 300 years ago, when the Spanish and Portuguese inhabited the Americas. The parties held in Europe spread quickly in the small town that was Barranquilla back then, creating the massive celebration we know today. However, there are some theories that say this cheerful, naive and festive behavior was already part of the people in Barranquilla because of the presence of African culture in the area.

The celebration that slaves made in Cartagena de Indias is a huge influence for the Carnival of Barranquilla, especially the traditional novena de la Candelaria, where they walked the streets with instruments and colourful costumes, performing a series of dances and songs that were quickly learned in nearby towns.

The Barranquilla Carnival is considered by UNESCO as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, thanks to the cultural value it has. Year after year, tourists from all over the world travel in the last days of February to Barranquilla to spend fabulous 4 days enjoying parades, concerts, dances and many other traditions. The Barranquilla Carnival is something really valuable for the people living in the city.

Important character in Barranquilla’s Carnival

In addition to all these celebrations, Barranquilla’s Carnival has its own characters, which contribute to the party and the tradition in Barranquilla.


This character clearly defines a joker who likes to make fun of people from a high society. It consists of a mask with huge ears and a phallic nose, similar to an elephant’s trunk, as well as a loud whistle to ridicule the aristocracy in Barranquilla.

Joselito Carnaval 

This character represents the entire Barranquilla Carnival. He is a cheerful, partying and very funny person. He enjoys the Carnival as nobody else does it, until it dies on the fourth day, when the party ends. The funeral of Joselito Carnaval is cried by cheerful widows being the last event of the Carnival of Barranquilla.

Maria Moñitos 

The sensual and flirtatious Maria Moñitos is a costume for men to wear dresses, heels, makeup and of course, bows on their heads. This is a very funny character and one of the most prominent of the Barranquilla Carnival.

Rey Momo

This character is the host of Barranquilla’s Carnival, receiving the keys of the city and being in charge of the celebrations during 4 days. He is an old, tall and fat man, who emulates the kings of Ancient Greece.

Food in the Carnival of Barranquilla

The Barranquilla Carnival is not the same without the attractive Caribbean cuisine. Here are some options to keep in mind to live the carnival days in the best way.

Clown Rice

Clown rice is a recipe with vegetables, smooth meat and cooked egg, served on a bijao leaf accompanied with salad and a cassava bun.


Patillazo is a perfect refreshing drink for the hot days in the Barranquilla Carnival. It is prepared with water, watermelon, lemon, sugar and ice.

Arepa Trifasica

The arepa is a fried corn-based dough, stuffed with chicken, meat and fish, being an ideal meal for breakfast or lunch.

Cabrito Fish

Cabrito Fish is a bocachico stuffed with tomatoes, chili, onion, salt, pepper, oil and vinegar, roasted in charcoal.

Enyucado Costeño

Enyucado Costeño is a dessert made of cheese, cassava, sugar, grated coconut and coconut milk. It can be consumed after lunch or as a snack.

Dances of the Barranquilla Carnival

Garabato’s Dance


This is one of the most representative dances on the Atlantic coast, but that certainly takes on great importance within the Carnival of Barranquilla. It consists of a representation of a battle between life and death, in which an individual dressed as a skeleton carries a garabato, a wooden stick with a hook at one end from which a red, yellow and green ribbons hang, being these the colors of the Barranquilla’s flag.


The Garabato’s Dance consists of a couple enjoying a party while they are interrupted by death, who tries to ruin their fun by separating them with the garabato and tries to take them with it. The man defends his lady and faces the grim with a white cane. Both simulate a fight for a couple of minutes until the guy finally wins. Death is defeated and subsequently joins the festivities and dances with the rest of the people.


The dresses for the Gabato’s Dance are a long black skirt and a shirt with the colors of Barranquilla’s flag and a flower ornament in the hair for women. Men wear black knee-high bomber pants, a yellow shirt and a white and red painted face, in addition to the mentioned cane. Death wears a black robe that covers its entire body with a stamp of a human skeleton and, of course, the garabato on one hand, which is the main element of this party. The face of Death is made up like a skull.

How to travel to the Barranquilla Carnival?

Ready for Barranquilla Carnival? The party waits for you this February 22nd! Because we know you are already planning everything, here we leave you a complete guide on how to travel to the carnival so you don’t miss this amazing event and take advantage of your time.


The Barranquilla Carnival is celebrated in the city of Barranquilla. That’s why, if you live in another city you’ll need to travel. The arrival time depends on different factors, being the method of transportation the most important. There are different options to get to Barranquilla, we recommend going on a bus because it is a cheap option and is the perfect opportunity to disconnect from work and enjoy the beautiful colombian landscapes.


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Q: What's the date of the Barranquilla Carnival 2020?
A: The Barranquilla Carnival begins on Saturday, February 22, 2020 and will end on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
Q: What is the origin of the Barranquilla Carnival?
A: The carnival of Barranquilla was born 300 years ago, at the time when the Spanish and Portuguese inhabited the American continent, where the spirit of festivities celebrated in Europe quickly spread to the small town that was Barranquilla.
Q: What's the schedule for Canyon Carnival 2020?
A: On Saturday 22 February 2020 the Carnival begins with the Battle of Flowers, on Sunday 23 February 2020 it begins with the Great Tradition and Folklore Parade, on Monday 24 February 2020 the Festival of Orchestras will take place in the Romelio Martínez Stadium and on Tuesday 25 February 2020 the Carnival will end with the Burial of Joselito Carnaval
Q: How much is a bus ticket to Barranquilla?
A: In this case the bus fares will vary depending on the departure points, you can use the redbus.pe search engine to consult the cost of the bus tickets in all the routes, in addition you can buy with us since each transaction is protected
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