The Carnival holidays end today, but there’s still plenty to celebrate if you’ve missed it over the last few days – or if you just can’t get enough. Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to the famed festivities of Gualeguaychú or the Quebrada de Humahuaca: there’s a very porteña party on Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar today from 3 p.m-10 p.m.
Buenos Aires carnival’s closing event will feature traditional folk dance and music murga shows by Los Amantes de la Boca (The Lovers of La Boca), Los Chiflados de Boedo (The Bonkers of Boedo), Los Dioses de la Paternal (The Gods of Paternal) and Los Caprichosos de Mataderos (the Whimsicals of Mataderos). Murga groups, whose shows involve parading and dancing through the streets during carnival season, are traditionally named after their neighborhoods, throwing in a playful or romantic descriptor for good measure. Their colorful, glittery suits are often hand-sewn works of art reflecting their collective identities.
Koufequin, a show for children, is on the line-up for those who want to take their families. The night will end with a street performance by Argentina’s world-famous Bresh party and a cumbia show by singer El Polaco.
Neighborhood clubs, schools, and art collectives spend the whole year preparing their carnival folk shows, performing dazzling displays in glittering, sequin-embroidered costumes to crowds of thousands in communities across the city. Over the long weekend, Buenos Aires hosted everything from film screenings to murga shows.
Carnivals in the country have existed for centuries, since Argentina was colonized by the Spanish. They’re rooted in African cultures, too, which is shown in their folk rhythms and dances. The most famous ones in Argentina are in Gualeguaychú (Entre Ríos) and along the Quebrada de Humahuaca in Jujuy, near the border with Bolivia.