Venezuelan Carnival “El Callao” Comes to a Close in Caracas

vene973599238444_o brings a varied selection of photos from the “El Callao” Venezuelan Carnival celebrations in Los Próceres, Caracas, Venezuela. See link below for the photos of the celebration.

Thousands of Venezuelan families turned out for the closing procession of Carnaval “El Callao,” held across the country this Tuesday in Venezuela.

The carnival’s roots can be traced to the country’s Afro-descendant population, and specifically the communities of enslaved Afro-Venezuelans and working class immigrants from Trinidad who laboured in the gold mining region of El Callao, Bolivar state.  Characterised by Trinidadian Calypso music and bright costumes, the carnival is now an event which is celebrated across the country and was officially recognised as a national holiday in 1853.

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