From the end of January to the middle of March, Montevideo lives the longest carnival in the world.
This popular festival has its roots in the contributions of immigration movement, mainly Spanish and African. Although the street carnival parades are relevant, and among them the Opening Parade (last Thursday in January) and “Las Llamadas” Parade (first Thursday and first Friday in February) stand out, the Montevideo carnival is characterized by being a carnival of performances. Neighborhood stages known as “tablados” are set up, and the Teatro de Verano (open-air theatre) is also fully active, where the Official Contest is held, in which the different carnival groups (murgas, parodistas, humoristas, revistas and comparsas de negros y lubolos) are presented.
They are distinguished by their choral singing and their rhythm, unique in the world, known as “marcha camión”. The “murgas” sarcastically comment on different events and laugh at important personalities in politics, sports and television. They are performed by a choir of thirteen singers, a stage director and three percussionists. Their shows are structured in presentation, popurrí, cuplés and the always exciting farewell. The Uruguayan “murga” is known nationally and internationally and is one of the most important cultural hallmarks of Uruguay.