Santiago de Cuba Carnival Kicks Off

A children's carnival parade in the afternoon will be the preamble of the week-long festivities, with dances and songs that reflect the national identity and are performed by groups over 100 years old.

In the evening, fireworks will announce the beginning of the party following an opening ceremony featuring the patron saint of this city, Santiago Apostol, played by an actor, and a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Roberto Alvarez Solano.

As usual, these celebrations will come to a halt at midnight on July 25 to remember the 58th anniversary of the 1953 assault on the Moncada barracks, led by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and a group of young revolutionaries, who used the carnival activities as cover for their attack.

Prensa Latina News Agency