Photo Montage: Festival Boliviano 2018 in Manassas

The annual Festival Boliviano took place at the Prince William Fairgrounds in Manassas last weekend.

The festival is the largest Bolivian event in the area and is held annually. The festival is organized by the organization Comite Pro Bolivia which is in its 31st year of existence. Their aim is to promote and preserve Bolivian culture in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Rosario Montes serves as the organization’s President.

There is a very large Bolivian community in the area, in particular in Northern Virginia.

45 traditional folkloric dance groups participated in this year’s festival. The groups represent many of the traditional dances in their homeland. Tinkus, Caporales, Morenada, Tobas and Salay are among the most popular dances.

Dancers are dressed in colorful traditional outfits and dance with a lot of passion and energy. In spite of temperatures in the 90’s, dancers never lacked for a smile.

The festival included traditional Bolivian foods made for sale to festival-goers.

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