The energy level at the inaugural parade for carnival (carnaval in Spanish) was sub par. Although I didn't stay late in the night so I assume (read: I know) the festivities continued. But last night's Las Llamadas Parade belted beats and flashed dances starting in the early evening and continued into the late night.
It wasn't uncommon to see someone from the crowd jump up and join in the parade to dance for a bit, or to see one of the glitzy dancers say hello to a friend on the sidelines.
The parade offered candombe beats, dancing and flag waving via 24 separate groups along Isla de Flores street. The best tambore (drum) section recieved the most money for the individual prizes. But closely following this sum of money was the winner for the girls (dancers) with the best bodies. Classic.
Las Llamadas has been showing its stuff for Carnival since 1956.
It has history , it has dancing and powerful percussion unity, it has a community feeling full of smiles and friends. And it also has this dude: