From the end of January to March, Montevideo lives the longest carnival in the world.
This popular festival has its roots in the contributions of immigration currents, mainly Spanish and African. Although the street carnival parades are relevant, and among them the Inaugural Parade (last Thursday in January) and the Llamadas Parade (first Thursday and first Friday in February) stand out, the Montevideo carnival is characterized by being a carnival of shows. Neighborhood stages known as tablados are set up, and the Summer Theater is also fully operational, where the Official Contest is held. In the presentations of the different groups.
On the other hand, also all year round, the strings of candombe drums resound in the streets of the city's neighborhoods.
They are distinguished by their choral singing and their rhythm, unique in the world, known as "truck march". The "murgas" sarcastically comment on different events and laugh at important figures 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, potpourri, 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.
Schedule of activities
- Carnival of Promises Contest: from Thursday, December 19, 2019 to Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Summer Theater
- Inaugural Carnival Parade: Thursday, January 23, 2020 along Avenida 18 de Julio
- Parade of Samba Schools: Friday, January 24, 2020 along Avenida 18 de Julio
- Official Carnival Contest: start Monday, January 27, 2020
- Parade of Calls: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February by Isla de Flores
Tickets can be purchased at Abitab stores across the country.
The prices of the seats for the Inaugural Carnival parade are $190 for popular ones, $340 for numbered ones and $390 for preferential ones.
For the Samba Schools parade the ticket costs range from $230 for popular ones to $270 for pre-essentials.