On February 4th the “Lectura del Bando”, and the coronation of the municipal Carnaval queen, Alba Luz Silvera, took place in the city of Galapa, also referred to as “The Pearl of the Caribbean”. The “Lectura del Bando” is an opening event where the queen of Carnaval declares the details of the upcoming Carnaval under her purview.
The Carnaval of Galapa exalted the heritage of the Mokaná culture, the local ancestral tribe of the region of Atlántico. There was also a showcase of different African-Caribbean dances as well as the traditional folklore. On the same night, Xavier Ortega was declared King Momo 2017 by Galapa mayor Manuel Vergara.