Photos by: Rudolfo Rojas
The most anticipated event of every year’s Carnaval is La Batalla de Flores (the Battle of the Flowers) parade, held along Via 40 in Barranquilla. The design of the Battle of Flowers is the result of an enormous amount of teamwork and pays tribute to the cultural and folklore events of the Carnival.
Each thematic section is identified as follows: ‘Your Majesty Cumbia’ for Cumbiambas (people who enjoy cumbia music), ‘Ancestral Heritage’ for Garabatos and Congos (referring to the period of slavery on the coast), the ‘Traditional party’ for people who prefer customary renditions,‘Piel de Tambó’ for Son de Negros and Mapalé (traditional dances of African heritage) and finally, ‘Caribbean Fantasy’ for those groups who love the traditional color, pomp and circumstance of Carnaval.
Each theme section combined floats, music, folk groups, costumes and were accompanied by the royalty of Carnival 2017, who marched along with live music, giving priority to those groups and orchestras who showered the route with folk music and tradition.