Festival DC Founder Visits Bolivia During Carnaval Season

Newcomb spent seven weeks in Bolivia and shot over 14,000 photographs of the both the Carnaval de Oruro (the country’s largest and most popular carnaval) and Corso de Corsos in Cochabamba. Both took place in early March.

Festival DC Founder, George Newcomb, was invited by friends from the local Bolivian community in Northern Virginia to visit and photograph two major carnivals in their homeland of Bolivia.

Carnaval de Oruro is listed with UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Several traditional dance groups participate as they dance along the streets of Oruro and making their way to the main town’s main cathedral to pay homage to the Virgin Socavon (Virgin of the Mines).

Corso de Corsos is designed to bring fun during Carnaval season in Bolivia as the first part of the festival brings thousands of military personnel to the streets dressed as various cartoonish figures as they dance along to the cheers of thousands of spectators. They are followed by traditional folkloric dance groups who dance into darkness.

Please enjoy some of the photos taken by Newcomb.

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