Held for the first time in 1820 in the town of Remedios, the Festivity of Las Parrandas is a cultural competition now celebrated by eighteen communities in the centre of Cuba. During the competition, each town is divided into two competing parties or neighbourhoods, with spies attempting to spoil the opposing neighbourhood's surprise on the night of the festivity. The festivities combine tradition and modernity and involve a wide range of expressions, including crafts, designs, costumes, music, pyrotechnics and woodwork.
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