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Myth Lit Where it all began The Story of Joselito Carnaval Joselito was found on the street that Tuesday, unconscious. Thinking he was dead, his family placed him in a coffin and held a funeral. While being buried, Joselito awoke, his last words being “I wasn’t dead; I was partying”. The Carnival of
Barranquilla Considered the second biggest carnival in the world, Barranquilla’s Carnival- better known as El Carnaval de Barranquilla- is Colombia’s main folklore festival.Joselito Carnaval is a character who symbolizes the party and joy of this carnival. Joselito, being young and in love with the carnival, disappeared from his house on the day the carnival began, accompanied with a bottle of rum. He was gone the full four days the carnival took place, no one knowing of his location. The Carnival of Barranquilla began in the 19th century. It originated from the festivals of Spain. The carnival is divided into four days, each reserved for a different event: The Battle of the Flowers
The Great Parade
The Orchestra Festival
The Funeral of Joselito Carnaval The Battle of the Flowers is a a grand parade of wondrous floats, all containing colorful creations made of flowers. It starts off the carnival. The Great Parade Takes place the next day.
No floats involved.
Held in “El Cumbiodromo”, relating to Brazil’s famous “Sambodromo”.
Costumes, such as " La Marimonda" , are portrayed.
Several dance groups contribute to this day. "El Cumbiodromo" is an avenue stretching more than 40 blocks. One of the most famous costumes throughout the whole carnival is “La Marimonda” because it is the only costume that originated in Barranquilla. These dancers are dancing the "cumbia", a popular dance in Colombia. The Orchestra Festival The next day of the carnival, the Orchestra Festival takes place.Numerous categories of music is played and groups of musician’s battle to win the Golden Congo. On the last day of the carnival,the death of Joselito Carnaval occurs.On this day, women and girls all over the city are dressed in black and everyone is mourning his death. Only one thing is being repeated; “Ohh! Joselito, se murio!” (Joselito, he is dead!). This marks the end of the carnival for that year.