Thursday, May 1, 2014

Carnaval Bolivianao

Carnaval Bolivianao featured a parade of thirty-two local Bolivian dance troupes, celebrating the styles and traditions of the Bolivian city of Oruru. The fiesta marched along S. Four Mile Run Drive, adjacent to Columbia Pike, in Arlington Virginia.

There were over 3,000 dancers, and an equal or greater number of observers. The carnival was sponsored by Pro Bolivia USA.

Bolivians make up the second largest group of Spanish-speaking citizens among Arlington's large Latin population.

It was quite an intense display of lively folklore traditions, fancy dancing, pulsing music, and an exploding constellation of dazzling color.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

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