Carnival begins in Santiago de Cuba – watch video of the first parade of groups and floats

Carnival in Santiago consists of many elements begining with the invasions of the barrios by conga groups from different neighbourhoods during the daytime when everyone comes out in their 'chancletas' (flipflops) to dance behind. The munecas (dolls or big heads dancers) parade the the children after that in the evening and then the parades proper begin.

Look out for the corneta china – the special horn played by a man in costume which announces the beginning of the song. This instrument has been part of Cuban carnival for exactly 100 years this year.

Watch the video and enjoy!

Thanks to Miguelito Noa in Santiago de Cuba for his videos.