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Fourth Aquatic Carnival in Rio San Juan

Róger Solórzano Canales | Nov 20, 2012

4th Aquatic Carnival offical logo.

Street parades, fairs, nocturnal festival and aquatic floats on Lake Cocibolca.

The Rio San Juan Water Carnival, will take place in San Carlos on Saturday November 24th with a new ingredient: a coach with a mobile structure of 10 meters high, designed and built by the Italian Carnival guests Viareggio, one of the largest and oldest in the world. In addition, the dancing groups will be the fair and festival night at the pier

This will be the fourth edition of this innovative annual event, led since its inception by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR) and the city of San Carlos, with other companions. Mario Salinas, president of INTUR said they expect more visitors than in previous editions, this event is already part of the traditions of this coastal region. For the first carnival 1,500 visitors were counted , and for the last year were 7,000, the official said.

On Saturday November 24 the activities begin at 10:00 am with an opening ceremony on the pier. One hour after will start the parade of aquatic floats (decorated boats and ships) that roam the coast of the city on the river and lake. At 2:00 pm will start the presentation of the streets parades at the old city center, with representations from Managua, Chontales, Rivas and San Carlos. Then cultural performances will follow and the activity will culminate with a local festival. At different times a food fair will be open. All this on the pier.

Photo Galeries:
First Carnival
Second Carnival
Third Carnival

Viareggio Carnival Accompaniment

The artist Fabrizio Galli, president of the Builders Association of Viareggio Carnival Cars (Italy), developed a mobile carriage that will be the novelty of this year in San Carlos. His return follows an agreement signed between the Italian carnival, INTUR and presentations to enhance the ability of local and Nicaraguan builders, who received training.

Galli design
"I am very impressed with the colors and nature of Nicaragua, very different from my country", Galli said, adding that it has inspired and dedicated to a car to Nicaragua for the next Carnival of Viareggio, in 2013, its 140th anniversary. The artist said he would propose a partnership between the Italian city and San Carlos. He said that carnival is characterized by building the world's greatest carriages, with structures of 20 meters high and 15 long, and a platform capacity for 300 dancers. This is a video about the Carnival of Viareggio.

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Translated by Cynthia Cordero