In Colombia, Carnaval de Barranquilla remains king of kings in regards to week long celebrations--there are a surprising amount of week long festivals in this country. However, every November, a bit further south, Cartagena hosts the National Beauty Pageant. This year the schools in La Boquilla, where I work, raised enough money to throw their own parade/Cabildo in anticipation for the excitement that comes with the fiestas novembrinas.
All four elementary schools participated in the event as did two high school groups and a number of community groups. There were uniforms, face paint, firecrackers (busca pies), and unfortunately lots of rain. The downpour only delayed the festivities briefly and luckily for me, one of my students moms decided to take it upon herself to use the weather delay as a good time to braid my hair, giving me a more appropriate look.
Once the rain stopped and all groups were organized, we all began to walk/dance down the only paved road in La Boquilla. I was asked by one of my counterparts to participate with Madre Bernarda elementary school. Although I did not have a costume that resembled a tiger or face paint, I made up for it by providing tons of foam to spray and cornstarch to throw at students/bystanders, no one is innocent at cabildo. It was a fantastic day to be in La Boquilla and see the community come together and celebrate.
|Keepin' it 100|
|War Paint on some of my 4th graders at Madre Bernarda!|
|4th graders at San Juan|
|Lost drummer boy|
|EVEN the babies aren't spared|