Festival of Saint Francis of Assisi, QuibdóColombia
Representative List 2012
EN: The carnival groups ("comparsas") in the districts' parades have a new theme each year. This one represents the African ancestor.
EN: The carnival groups ("comparsas") in the districts' parades have a new theme each year, enriched with colourful costumes (cachés).
EN: The carnival groups ("comparsas") in the parades have a new theme each year. This costume ("caché") represents "The Church in the head, Chocó in the hand and Colombia on the body".
EN: Hairdresser shop "House of Queens, Misael and Gabino". Infinite joy in the eyes of Victor Palacio, as he prepares for the Yesca Grande district's parade.
EN: District's boat on October 3rd, day of the St. Francis procession on the Atrato River ("Balsadas"). Chirimía music and carnival groups gather on each of the 12 district's boat, to "dance" around the main boat where the Saint's altar stands.
EN: Governing Committee boat on October 3rd, day of the St. Francis procession on the Atrato River ("Balsadas"). Followed by the 12 district boats, St. Francis of Assisi navigates the river recalling the patron saint's popular celebrations of the region.
EN: The "caché" (costume) is the key factor for the success of the carnaval groups (comparsas). Dancing in choreography with the chirimiaa music, the San Pacho Festival is embrighten the caché's colours and themes, refection of the Quibdó people creativity.
EN: Miss Luz Eulogia Agualimpia Moreno offering jewels to St. Francis of Assisi. People who have been favored by the Saint though miracles offer him a piece of their jewelry on October 4th, the "Grand Procession" day.
EN: On October 4th, the Quibdó people celebrate the dawn with devotional hymns ("Gozos") in a procession leaded by the "Franciscan Band" : the Saint stops in each one of the 12 Franciscan Districts, where he is adored by candles and gozos.
EN: The traditional chirimía music is one of the most important aspects for the San Pacho Festival, and represents Choco's identity. At night, the chirimía animates the celebration in the "bundes", traditional parties where the music alternates with chorus from the audience.