Carnaval (Carnival) 2011 in Cochabamba Bolivia
by Cochabamba Mayor's Office - Tourism Division
Get an early glimpse of Carnaval 2011 in Cochabamba, Bolivia which will extend through April 3rd with 18 activities. The official program for the Carnaval de la Concordia 2011 includes 18 activities between February 17 and April 3, 2011.
The Municipal Mayor's Office of Cercado has already prepared the official program, beginning with the election of the 2011 Carnaval Queen which will take place on Thursday, 17 Febraury in the El Campo Convention Center, where representatives of the various fraternities will vie for the title.
On the third Saturday of February activities continue with the pre-carnavalera (carnaval practice run) which will cover the entire Carnaval route beginning at 2:00 p.m.
CUISINE: On Sunday, 27 February at the Parque Excombatientes you can taste numerous versions of the traditional plato puchero at the gastronomy fair, where the XXI Accordion and Concertena (Bandeleon) Fair will take place simultaneously. There will be cash prizes for winners of both of these competitions.
On Sunday the 6th of March you can also attend the Feria de Gastronomía Criolla (creole cuisine) at the Parque Excombatientes.
CORSO DE CORSOS: Saturday 12 March watch the Corso de Corsos parade in which typical dance groups, folklore fraternities, native groups, colorful floats and military units will participate.
The Entrada Carnavalera route will be the same as in past years. It will begin at Parque La Torre and pass through Avenida Heroínas, San Martín, Plaza Colón, Paseo de El Prado, and Avenida Ramón Rivero.
FOR KIDS: Children will also be able to enjoy various activities such as the election and crowning of the Children's Carnaval Queen which will take place on Monday, 28 February at the Teatro Achá.
The Comuna Tunari Children's Parade will take place on Friday, March 4th in Comuna Tunari, to the north of the city.
The main Children's Parade, in which kids from all sectors can participate, will take place on Sunday March 6th along San Martín and Ballivián avenues.
NEARBY TOWNS: Activities to celebrate Carnaval are also planned for other districts that belong to the municipality of El Cercado.
The Entrada de Comparsas (Dance Troupe Entrance) will take place on Sunday, March 13th on Avenida H. Asin in the town of Valle Hermoso. On the same day in the towns of Itocta and Tunari the traditional 'carnestolendas' (Shrovetide) will take place.
The Carnaval de la Juventud (Youth Carnaval) will take place on Avenida Víctor Ustariz on Saturday, March 19th beginning at midday.
On Sunday the 20th of March you can watch the 'takipayanakus' at Parque Tunari. The Carnaval Traditions Fair will take place on the same day in the Plaza del Pueblito.
The Carnaval de la Zona Sud (southern zone carnaval), during which a large number of participants and spectators gather after the Corso de Corsos, will take place on Sunday the 27th of March on Avenida Panamericana and 6 de Agosto.
CACHARPAYAS: On Sunday the 13th of March in the town of Valle Hermoso you can watch the first 'cacharpaya' along Avenida Suecia beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The second 'cacharpaya' will take place on Sunday, March 20, on Avenida Guayacán, also in Valle Hermoso and the last 'cacharpaya', which marks the end of Carnaval activities, will take place on Sunday, April 3, on Avenida Siglo XX in the town of Alejo Calatayud.
Corso de Corsos (Carnaval Parade) Route:
The parade route will the same this year as last year. Dancers will begin at Parque La Torre and will pass through Avenida Heroínas, San Martín, Plaza Colón, Paseo de El Prado, and Avenida Ramón Rivero.
To avoid disorderly conduct among the public, the municipality will place safety railings or barriers along Avenida San Martín, Plaza Colón, Avenida Ballivián and Avenida Ramón Rivero.
The Municipal Government of Cochabamba has been organizing Carnaval activities for 37 years.
Judges will evaluate and qualify the participants during various Carnaval activities. Judges are personalities of well-known experience and knowledge in the areas of music and dance.