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Maturín Carnival, Venezuela

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What is the Carnival of Maturín?

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The carnival of Maturín is a celebration that takes place annually in this city in the state of Monagas. During the festivities, the King Momo, a character derived from Greek mythology and present in various festivities in nearby countries such as Colombia and Brazil, is crowned.

During the carnivals, several comparsas and carrozas take place in the center of the city. These floats are the result of the contribution and participation of communities, schools, private companies, families and groupings. In recent years, the carnival has had the presentation of more than 100 floats and has the participation of theeducational institutions of several local elementary schools.

 

 

The streets are filled with carrozas, comparsas, costumes, dresses and disguises of multiple colors. What stands out the most in these carnivals are the large costumes, which have a large number of thematic elements. Usually, these dresses or costumes are worn by beauty queens of the country. However, they can also be worn by participants from civil society. The comparsas are accompanied by bandas musicales, which cheerfully play calypso melodies, tambores or music of the region..

 

The carnival of Maturín is one of the main carnivals in the country. People parade in the streets with extravagant, imposing and colorful attires.

The carnival of Maturín is one of the main carnivals in the country. People parade in the streets with extravagant, imposing and colorful attires

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When is the Carnival of Maturin?

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Carnivals in Maturín take place from Sunday until Carnival Tuesday. Showever, the Monday of Carnival is when the parade takes place. LCarnival will take place from approximately February 14 to 16.

 

 

History of the Carnivals of Maturín

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Carnival in Venezuela dates back to colonial times and was carried out with physical games, in which people got dirty with water, dust, eggs and other materials. It was also the opportunity for people tobehave inappropriately, dances were performed and people went out into the streets to party..

In the eighteenth century the carnival began to see new forms of celebration, there began to use the comparsas, floats and confites to celebrate the holidays among family, friends and society. Carnivals became apopular celebration in the country and took an important part of thecultural traditions of the population.



Over time, the carnival began to be transported to other areas of the country, where they began to possess their own local significance and their own customs. In the case of Maturín, carrozas adorned with palms, duces and serpentinas were performed. The costumes were made by hand and the local seamstresses participated and the coronations of the Carnival Queens began to be held.

 

Where is the Carnival of Maturin?

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The carnivals of Maturín are held in the capital of the state of Monagas, in the northeastern region of the country. One of the most popular spots in the festivities is the Plaza Piar de Maturín.

 

During the carnivals of Maturín people go out to the streets dressed in bright and colorful costumes or attire

During the carnivals of Maturín people go out to the streets dressed in bright and colorful costumes or attire

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How is the Carnival of Maturin celebrated?

The carnivals of Maturín are famous for their parades, comparsas and carrozas that traverse the town. The floats are designed and decorated by the different societies in the locality, such as the schools, public bodies, the private enterprise, families or groupings. The parades usually take place in the late morning and early afternoon and pass through the main access roads of the town.

In addition, these parades also feature characters wearing large dresses, costumes or dresses. Generally, these costumes feature a complete structure, adorned from head to toe. In addition, these costumes revolve around a particular theme, which is accompanied by designs and even music.

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Tips for going to the Carnivals of Maturin

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If you decide to visit the Maturin Carnival, we recommend planning your trip in advance, making a travel itinerary and booking your accommodation. Also, remember that the country is currently experiencing a deep crisis, so it is advisable to travel with caution to certain areas of the country.

 

Events in Maturin Carnival

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On Sunday at noon there is a parade of children and students from local schools, who come out to parade in costumes and colorful costumes. The children take to the streets accompanied by their parents and teachers and take the main access roads for a couple of hours.

On Carnival Monday is the main event of the carnivals in Maturin, which is of course, the parade of carrozas and agrupaciones. Here they parade through the streets of the city, where more than 100 floats take presence with their colorful costumes and decorations. Music is also part of the celebrations, the comparsas are accompanied by the bandas, brightening up the streets with local and traditional rhythms.

In addition, there are also different rallies and events during the carnival at different points of the city such as performances or cultural events.

 

Children own a carnival parade in the city of Maturín

Children own a carnival parade in the city of Maturín

 

Maturín Carnival Parades

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The first parade takes place on Sunday with school children, who accompanied by their parents and teachers, wear costumes made by themselves. The parade takes place on the main access roads and lasts a couple of hours.

 

 

The main parade is held onMonday of Carnival. During this day the carrozas and comparsas that cross the city with colorful and lively costumes are eagerly awaited. The celebration begins in the afternoon and the parade runs from Plaza Piar de Maturín to Avenida Bolívar in the center of the city.

 

Parade route

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Las comparsas del carnaval de Maturín atraviesas la ciudad con música y disfraces

Las comparsas del carnaval de Maturín atraviesas la ciudad con música y disfraces

 

Both carnivals take place from the Plaza Piar of Maturin to the Avenida Bolivar in the center of the city. Being the children’s carnival of shorter duration.

 

Carato de mango is a traditional drink made of mango and sugar

Carato de mango is a traditional drink made of mango and sugar

 

What to eat in the Carnival of Maturin

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One of the typical local foods is the Cachapa burrera, a version to the traditional cachapa traditional throughout the country. These in particular are made in budares and wrapped in banana leaves. You can also find Carato de mango, made from parboiled green mango, liquefied and without pulp.

The city offers you some places like El Caserito Restaurante, Bocca and Sarandonga.

 

Cachapa burrera a local dish consisting of a corn dough cooked in banana leaf

Cachapa burrera a local dish consisting of a corn dough cooked in banana leaf

 

Travel Insurance

 

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What to see and do inside the Carnival of Maturin

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Within the carnivals you cango out and participate or accompany the children in their carnival parade through the city. You can also attend the parades that take place on Monday, here you can see the different floats and groups that take the main roads of the city.

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What to see and do outside the Carnivals of Maturin

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The city of Maturín offers you some tourist attractions if you wish to walk its streets after the carnival.

 

Maturín Cathedral

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It is one of the main monuments of the city, it is located near parks and some restaurants and street vendors.

 

Maturín Monumental Stadium

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It is one of the best stadiums in Maturín. It has comfortable and spacious seats. In some opportunities play local teams that you can go to see play.

 

Plaza El Indio

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It is one of the main squares of the city. It is the meeting place for some locals. The area is covered by trees.

Also if you want to visit museums and important buildings in this city we recommend that you book your entrance ticket in advance through Tiquets: .

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Safety in the Carnivals of Maturin

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Maturin is a relatively safe place compared to some other cities in the country. However, Venezuela is a country that is currently undergoing an economic, political and social crisis, which generates an increase in criminal activities. If you wish to visit the carnivals, consider wearing light clothing, carrying little cash in your wallet and keeping your valuables in a safe place.

During the carnival parade, there is the participation of police officers, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and firefighters to contain any type of situation that may occur. Also, we recommend the following products to keep your valuables safe:

 

 

Weather at the Carnival of Maturín

 

The weather during Carnival is pleasant, with temperatures ranging between 23 and 31 degrees Celsius, with a rainfall of 5 days.

 

The carnival of Maturín is famous for having imposing and thematic costumes and dresses

The carnival of Maturín is famous for having imposing and thematic costumes and dresses

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How to get to the Carnival of Maturin

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How to get there by plane

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Maturín has its own airport, called Aeropuerto Internacional José Tadeo Monagas. However, it currently has no international flights. If you decide to approach the city to celebrate carnivals, you must fly from Caracas to the town.

We recommend buying airline tickets through Kiwi.com or Skyscanner where they are usually cheaper. More information on this link to review Kiwi.com..

 

How to get there by car

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From the José Tadeo Monagas International Airport, take a private vehicle or cab to the city center. The trip takes 5 minutes.

You can also come from Caracas by land. To get there, take the Troncal 9 highway to Maturín. The trip takes 6 hours.

 

Where to stay in Maturin Carnival

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Hotel La Cascada

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The rooms have air conditioning, minibar and refrigerator. Facilities include internet, bar, laundry service and free internet.

 

San Miguel Hotel Golf & Club

Rooms have air conditioning, room service, kitchenette and refrigerator. Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, bar, tennis court and golf course.

 

Hotel Stauffer Maturín

Rooms feature room service. Facilities offer free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, free breakfast, meeting room and gym.

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