Earlier this month, I took a spontaneous bus ride to Gualeguaychú, a tiny city in Entre Rios known for Argentina’s annual Carnival celebrations. The parade was held in el Corsódromo with thousands of people watching in the stadium bleachers.
Starting in January, these parades are held every weekend until the Fat Tuesday finale (which was actually celebrated the Monday before). Luckily I made it to the last one of 2011. It was my first Carnival celebration that really started by the river early-afternoon; everyone drank and danced by the beach until sundown. One of the best parties I’ve been to and, strangely enough, I was with my mom.
The parade started around 11 pm, with four floats passing by until intermission around 1 am. Then people jumped in the middle for more drinking and dancing. I assume there were more floats later in the night, but by then I had to catch the bus for Buenos Aires. I’ll definitely be back in 2012!
Want to read more on Carnival in Argentina? Check this out: Back to Gualeguaychu for more Carnival festivities.