Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

How do we prepare for a day of carnaval?!?

Coca leaves.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Magnus accidentally smugged coca leaves from another country to Colombia. Funny story too. He was on a long distance bus in Colombia and reached one of the checkpoints. The military got on the bus and checked most peoples bags, Magnus included. That is when they found the bag of coca leaves.

“You’re coming with us, sir”, said the soldiers.

They stared at him for the next minute until they could not hold their laughter in any longer. While coca leaves are harmless and he knew it was illegal, the very thought of going to prison in Colombia took away any rational thought he may have had.

After chomping on a mouth full of coca leaves we were ready for breakfast. The 15 or so of us were served a big plate of rice, eggs, avocado, and sugar cane juice each morning, while waiting our turn for a shower.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

After a shower and breakfast I would make one last trip to my room, a classroom. As you may remember from my last post, I lived in a school for a week.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

After breakfast we would typically take Gustavo’s truck to watch the parade. Here we are excited with no idea what to expect.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

The first day was the best with lots of memorable floats:

My favorite had to be this.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Among some of the better acts/floats were these girls

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Or this float playing live music

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Below is Mama Ron. The official slogan of the event is “Mama ron en Carnavales!” The verb “mamar” means to suck as if from the nipple. Suck rum in Carnaval! They even made the official song about her:

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Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Jens, Charlotte, and Magnus
Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

A shot of aguardiente, I think.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Just another crazy costume

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Haha

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Marching for the policemen who have lost their lives.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Followed by an executioner. Ironic.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

“La Puta Borracha” translates to “The Drink Bitch”

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Gold men on stilts. Cool.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Beautiful girls were everywhere and this is my future wife.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

And if for some reason it does not work out, this is my backup.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

More women!

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Throughout the parade it was common to throw flour and spray foam at others.

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

Carnaval Parade in Barranquilla

And thats a rundown of what to expect at a carnaval parade in Barranquilla.

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