Carnaval de Negros y Blancos or Carnavales de Pasto (Pasto’s Carnivals) is the largest and most important celebration in southern Colombia. The carnival includes four major stages: the Carnavalito (Chlidren’s Carnival), the Arrival of the Castaneda Family, Blacks’ Day and Whites’ Day with the Grand Parade (this being the most important day for its beauty). However, it’s necessary to consider the pre-carnival activities and in recent years, 7 January is considered another carnival day for Remate (Finish) with the celebration of the “Cuy’s festival” when locals and tourists delight the typical dish of the region.
Below are Floats of the ‘White Day’ parade, part of the Carnival of Blacks and Whites in Pasto, Colombia, on January 2013. The Carnival of Blacks and Whites was declared by UNESCO as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’, and is celebrated every year on the eve of the ‘Three Kings Day’.