In Montevideo Carnival is celebrated throughout the world over, which begins in January and ends in March. There is a much more famous Carnaval “o mais grande do world” and another, Montevideo, to differentiate it proclaimed that “the longest in the world.” For forty days and nights, and officially starts in mid-January with the Inaugural Parade along Avenida 18 de Julio, and runs through early March. During the initial parade make their presentation all that will be part of the most anticipated party of Uruguay, as the carnival groups, parodies, comedians, lubolos, queens and princesses.
The mythical “board” (popular scenarios) are scattered around the capital, in the Summer Theater in the streets and neighborhoods, who are witnesses exclusive Uruguay’s most popular festival. Mate and beer in hand, the city wears and sleeps very little party in honor of King Momo. Candomble seduces all, and its chimes are heard in every corner, where the auctions of the drums are heated to a simmer. The Uruguayan is passionate about the Carnival, and everyone has their favorite choir. Thus, during the extensive and intense nights of calls, people live to her lungs, rain or shine to your favorites. Or in the evening at the Teatro de Verano, young and old alike are eagerly awaiting the members of the carnival groups and others, which football idols who come singing his song and makeup up a mike. Once down, some groups performed a final test right there, outside the theater, to the delight of the people.
Montevideo reaches its climax during the traditional parade of calls in two days in which the only joy seems to be Uruguayan. The Southern District of Montevideo and the people forming mass in the streets are witnesses to the passing of fifty neighborhood groups which stars two nights marathon in deploying their entire African heritage, to pure Candombe.
This was during the nights of Thursday and Friday, when dressed in brightly colored outfits these companies lubolos black (white painted black) opened the main festival with a display of flags and banners, to make way for the strings of drums. With them went the typical characters of colonial Montevideo, as the breast old director, who sweeps Gramillero evils, or the broom juggler and the obligatory vedettes, who dance endlessly in their minutest costumes. Sarabande, Yambo Kenya Elumbe, C1080, thunder of drums, the Gozadera, Okavango, are among the groups of one hundred and fifty members each marching through the streets Carlos Gardel over a mile, year after year. Until 2006, calls were made in one night, but certain incidents occurred forced police to rethink the event that fatigue, alcohol and excesses threaten not to return to the fun.
On both sides of the street, locals and visitors, young and old, are intermingled to enjoy drinking and dancing to the beat of drums in a unique festival in the world. Some tourists come to pay fortunes to rent a balcony, terrace or window of a house just as audience preferences. Others note singing and fanning the passing of their favorite groups from chairs and bleachers located along the street. The less well complain of excessive prices for access to such amenities, but still enjoy and endure the long nights of partying just walk away.
But not just call Carnival live across the River Plate. Murgas and its classic songs filled with irony, which revolve around the highlights of the year, satirize the staff of local politics and are another of the distinctive features that make references Montevideo a carnival in the world . Are presented in Tables arranged in several parts of the city, or in the Summer Theater, where they compete and set the beat of this popular expression that transcended the borders Uruguayan Carnival.
They say the street band emerged from the hand of a Spanish comedy troupe in the early twentieth century called “The Cadiz being” who have shaped the subsequent development of Uruguayans who gave the genre, giving the city a music and a very own poetry, melancholy and emotion. Over the years, many of these murgas renewed passion of Carnival, and some as Araca la Cana, Failure and Other Fungi or Tanners crossed the River Plate to become publicly known old Buenos Aires.
The cymbals, the snare drum and the rhythm of the lyrics of songs, which leave no stone cold. They use a structure of presentation, couplets and withdrawal, which added to the costumes, makeup and lighting make this a very theatrical expression: mime, pantomime, and the grotesque vivacity essential.
Of the various styles, murgas enthusiasm are the most awake, even during rehearsals, when all hope is fantasy and dimly lit. Each has its swollen, seduced by the costumes, makeup, the chorus, the lyrics of the songs and how to dance.
Joy and fun are the fundamental premises of the Corsicans neighborhood that occur in different parts of the city until early March. To these qualities are joined by popular participation and self-management, linking with the public, the festival organization and participation, originality and creativity, elements that are evaluated and rewarded with titles like “the best floats, and the “figures” or members of the Corsican, in child and adult categories.
The Corsicans can represent any of the events of Carnival oriental murgas, samba schools, journals, and humorous parodies. Neighbors are the same people who decide to travel, which can not be more than ten blocks.
Here, there and everywhere, February is synonymous with Carnival. And Montevideo homage to Momo as few cities in the world. Joy, brash, ironic, seduction and frenzy. Candombe Murga y, mate, beer, call and enjoy the rhythm of this small town with a big carnival.
So important is the celebration of King Momo for Uruguayans who have devoted their own museum. Located meters from the traditional Mercado del Puerto de Montevideo, Carnival Museum was inaugurated in December 2006 in an old train depot recycling occupying 4 million square feet. The front door, retrieved the historic Teatro Solis, leads to a cobblestone street that runs through the property in which costumes, installations, photos and models can tour the living history of the carnival.
Montevideo Carnival displays the general feeling of the holidays in Uruguay!