Guantanamo to celebrate summer with carnival

Posted: 10-Aug-16 12:02

Summer celebrations reach Guantanamo, Cuba's easternmost province. This year, the local Carnival is to animate the main avenues of this beautiful region with performances by first-rate Cuban musicians including Pupi y los que Son Son. A children's version of carnival will be celebrated on 7th August, whilst the adults' celebration is to take place from 11th to 14th August.

Guantanamo to celebrate summer with carnival

The summer heat has brought endless festivity to Cuba’s eastern region in the past month. From the tantalising Fiesta del Fuego celebrating the Caribbean’s cultural richness to the colourful conga-filled Carnival in Santiago de Cuba, the party seems to go on and on. This time, the action will take place in Guantanamo, where the local children’s and adults’ Carnival is to take place soon.

The dazzling floats will parade through Paseo Avenue, from Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Street to Moncada Street. The little ones will get to dance and play this Sunday 7th August from 5pm. This small celebration will be the prelude to the larger adult celebration which will take place from 11th to 14th August.

Varied gastronomic offers will kick off since 2pm through Elpidio Valdes Park in the northern region of Guantanamo city, as well as in other 17 areas which have been conditioned for selling food. State-owned and private-owned stands will cater to all tastes, ensuring no one goes hungry during the festivity. In addition, 13 areas will serve as dance spaces for the crowds who gather during the exciting events.

The adult celebration will begin with explosive music, cheerful dancing and beautifully-decorated floats at 10pm next Thursday. During the “Carnaval Mayor” (Major Carnival) prestigious Cuban musicians will serenade the people of Guantanamo with popular hits; some of the most renowned artists to perform include "Pupi y los que Son Son", "Los Angeles", "El chispa y sus complices" and "Angelito y su Banda", among other 30 local groups.

The Guantanamo Carnival will also pay homage to former president Fidel Castro who will celebrate his 90th birthday on 13th August. As all the excitement and merriment takes over Cuba’s easternmost province, it is highly important that locals remember to keep a sane mind and avoid confrontations and violence.


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