The Havana government announced the return of the usual capital carnivals. The summer festival has been suspended during 2020 and 2021 due to health restrictions due to the pandemic.
These annual activities will resume in August, on the 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th. On this occasion, the event will honor the National Folk Band on its 60th anniversary. The centenary of the birth of the famous singer Mercedita Valdés will also be celebrated.
Tatiana Vieira Hernandez, Havana Objectives and Programs Coordinator. Referred to That Havana Promenade will once again become the main stage of the cultural event. Likewise, “Podiums for performances of exemplary dance and music groups will be deployed in the vicinity of Marina, 25th, 23rd and 19th Streets of Vedado.”
The carnival will once again bring together the seven traditional groups of the capital: Los Dandys de Belén, El Alacrán, La Jardinera, Los Marqueses de Atarés, Los Componedores de Batea, Las Bolleras and Villa San Cristóbal. In turn, the lampposts’ baptism ceremony, a tradition forgotten in previous editions, will be resumed.
The official indicated that folk dance orchestras will be performed at different points of the corridor. Among them, the areas around La Piragua, Avenida de los Presidente (Calle G), Pasao and the gardens of the emblematic 1830 Bar stand out.
Vieira Hernandez also stated that some activities will be moved directly to the capital’s municipalities. In the first week, residents of Old Havana, Playa, San Miguel del Padrón, Regla, Cotorro, Arroyo Naranjo and La Lisa will be able to enjoy it. On the other hand, residents of Guanabaqua, Diez de October, Bueros, Mariano, Habana del Este and Cerro will have to wait until the end of the last week of August.
Havana Carnival is one of the oldest folk festivals in the country. Its origins go back to the end of the nineteenth century and has a high traditional value. During this event, extras, parades, dances, and very colorful floats are common.