Carnival in the city
In February the city dresses in feathers and sequins, grabs a drum and invites you to a party in the street every weekend!

Where? Many locations throughout the city

When? Saturdays February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2, plus Monday March 4, from 7pm to 2am. Sundays February 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 3, plus Tuesday March 5, from 7pm until midnight.

Experience carnival

Experience this huge Argentine tradition throughout Buenos Aires in February. Music, dance, colour and happiness take over the city as every weekend in February, and the first weekend in March, more than 100 traditional "murga" groups take to the streets in colourful dress for the annual carnival celebrations.

Activities

Carnival centres around the murgas, neighbourhood groups that dress in brightly coloured costumes and perform rhythmic music and dance in the streets, often including commentary on life, current affairs and the neighbourhood. Agile performers in bright sequinned costumes and top hats whirl and kick to the rhythmic pulse of the drums, snare drums, cymbals and whistles as they parade through the streets in performances for which each group rehearses all year round. The groups are evaluated based on the colours and designs of their costumes, the choreographies, music and the number of people present.

More than 100 murgas take place across different neighbourhoods each weekend in February (from 7pm until 2am on Saturdays and from 7pm until midnight on Sundays) and on the Monday and Tuesday public holidays granted for Carnival (in 2019: March 4 and 5). 

 

The history

Carnival is a celebration that takes place in many places around the world. In Argentina, the way that it's celebrated varies in each region. In the North West it's characterised by pre-colonial traditions, while the city of Gualeguaychú is famous for its extravagant themed parades. In the the city of Buenos Aires, the traditional belongs to the murgas, which date back to 1869.

The tradition of the murga originated in Cadiz, Spain, but became a prominent part of carnival celebrations in the working class, immigrant neighbourhoods of Uruguay and Argentina at the turn of the 20th century in a unique cultural expression that mixes both African and European roots.

Information on the date and location of each murga can be found here: https://www.carnavalargentina.com.ar/buenos-aires.php.

All events are free.

 

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