This is a guest post written by Samuel from Nomadic Samuel
The magnificent Fiesta del Gran Poder is the biggest festival event in Bolivia, literally turning the normally industrious La Paz into party central.
The festival features paraders dressed in elaborate costumes parading across streets closed to traffic – with marching bands enthusiastically playing music from behind.
The atmosphere from the crowd is equally as festive with copious amounts of beer being consumed, bustling street vendors carrying snacks on their heads and clowns blowing bubbles to entertain children.
The merging of pre-Columbian religions and the Roman Catholic faith spawned the Fiesta del Gran Poder, which centers around the devotion to Christ as the 2nd person in the Holy Trinity.
The origins of this event can be traced back to the late 1930’s with a small number of dancers evolving into what is now a major international event attracting enormous crowds.
The following are 20 images that hopefully encapsulates a sense of the energy, excitement & passion of the event…
QUESTION…What are some of your favorite festivals you have attended around the world? Please share in the comments section below..
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Samuel Jeffery is the wizard behind the curtain pulling the strings of NomadicSamuel.com, a travel blog that is miles away from ordinary…dripping with sarcasm. As a long term vagabond (6 consecutive years on the road) Samuel is sharing his photos, videos & quirky travel stories, along with photography tips, interviews, esl tips, reviews and general travel advice as a way to vicariously experiences what it is like to backpack or to plan your own journey of a lifetime.
Currently based in South Korea, Samuel is teaching English with the government program EPIK (English Program in Korea) at an elementary school in Incheon saving up hard for his next around the world adventure. Aside from NomadicSamuel.com, one can get in touch with Samuel by following him on his facebook fan page and/or on twitter.