CARNAVAL DE NEGROS Y BLANCOS
Since 1912, the celebration of Epiphany in Pasto, Colmbia has developed into one of the country’s richest festivals. The 5-days festival celebrates imagination, friendship, and play in the city’s streets.
No one who shows their face on the streets of Pasto during the Carnaval is spared their privilege to participate in the festivities. A hail of flour, talc, foam, and paint flies through the air as people make their way to see the daily event. Each and every passerby, police, civilian, young and old alike are targets, likely with their own stash of harmless supplies to return fire.
Just like any plate of delicious food I’m about to enjoy, I’ll start with the very best. These immaculate floats are conceived of and constructed sometime mid-year and are not fully realized until the day of the actual parade. There were 20 floats rolling through the streets on the day of the Great Parade on El Día de Los Blancos, here are 10 of my favorite photos from that day.
In the coming days, I’ll post photos and stories of the artists who made them in their workshops.
I’ll also post photos from the Carnavalito, the children’s parade, that is conceived, designed, and produced by the children of Pasto; and the arrival of the Castañeda family, a day dedicated to commemorating the members of a pilgrim family traveling from the east of the country.
Each day was an exciting and completely unique experience. The atmosphere of Pasto during the festival was an incredible warmth and innocent openness that was truly fun!