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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Popular Celebration to Be Held in Camagüey
Camagüey, Jun 20.- The beating of the drums in the night rehearsals of both the comparsa and Afrocuban carnival bands announce the coming of the San Juan 2012 – a popular, traditional celebration held every year June 24-29 in the city close to reach its 500th anniversary.
As a prelude to the beginning of these revelries, an agricultural parade will be carried out on June 24th, which will depart from the Casino Campestre Rural Park – the largest urban park in Cuba -, it will cover the Central Road to Havana, Arrieta and the road to Santa Cruz del Sur, and will end up with the soft opening of the Agricultural and Cattle Fair near the Camilo Cienfuegos amusement park.
Everything is envisaged to offer traditional proposals, such as the Reading of the Government Decree from the venue of the Government’s Municipal Assembly, the Cuban vegetable potage typical from Camagüey, the promenades of Afrocuban carnival and comparsa bands, floats, nightly outdoor, popular dance parties, the People’s Theater and the Interment of San Pedro, as stated by culture officials and local authorities of this Cuban province in a press conference.
Guest music groups such as Holguin’s Hermanos Avilés and Los Taínos; Kaisimú from Las Tunas and the popular Karachi from Santiago de Cuba have already confirmed their taking part in this festivity.
The celebration will be cheered up by Ciego de Avila’s Palmares group, and the always awaited, popular artists of Cuba’s capital city Pachito Alonso y sus Kinikini and Baby Lores.
Regarded as a socio-cultural event, Camagüey’s San Juan is the most important carnival parade in this province and its origins date back to the 18th century, and they are thought to be related to the area’s livestock development. (Yurislenia Pardo Ortega / Radio Cadena Agramonte).