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Thousand Drums Carnival of Valparaiso celebrates Latin America’s multiculturalism

Hundreds of thousands of people and tourists gather to watch this beautiful parade. It comprises troupes, batucada, dancers, musicians, and cultural organizations.

VALPARAÍSO, Chile — The Los Mil Tambores Carnival, or the Thousand Drums Carnival, remains one the most significant carnivals in the Chilean territory. Year after year, the iconic event takes place in the city of Valparaíso, which boasts an incredible heritage.

The carnival reflects the multiculturalism of the Latin American people through dance, music, and art. People at the event express themselves through music and dress, taking over the streets, and giving life and color to the city.

Hundreds of thousands of people and tourists gather to watch this beautiful parade. It comprises troupes, batucada, dancers, musicians, and cultural organizations. The different elements of the parade move along the main avenue, from Playa San Mateo to Las Torpederas.

The Los Mil Tambores Carnival returned this year after being shut down for two years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The festival saw attendees from various parts of the world as well as from around the country. Bringing together families, neighbors, and visitors, the beautiful event aims to unite the community in an artistic manifestation.

All photographs by Jorge Robledo Z.

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Jorge is a journalist and social and digital communicator (Universidad Miguel de Cervantes) from Santiago de Chile. He earned also earned a diploma in Social Media Management at the Arcos Professional Institute. Jorge describes himself as being addicted to music at his core, a cinephile, and a protector of nature and truth.