Santiago de Cuba Carnival
The Santiago de Cuba carnival is widely regarded as Cuba’s best, biggest, and most traditional. Apart from the size and scale of the celebrations across the city, the main parade is impressive its colour and expression of joy, and the dancers and musicians display a high level of ability. This all happens during the hottest time of year in the hottest city in Cuba. The combination of the heat and the passion of the celebrations makes for a very intense experience.
The carnival pauses midway to honour the national date of July 26 (see the following event below), making for a peculiar sentiment of reflection and solemnity before the event returns to its exuberant raucousness.