The 2014 Carnival of Cajamarca, an Andean city in northern Peru, has been launched with pomp and ceremony at the Government Palace in Lima.
As part of the program Palace for Everybody, the month-long festival opened last Saturday on the esplanade of the presidential palace.
Attending the opening were authorities from the region of Cajamarca and Peruvian Deputy Tourism Minister Jose Miguel Gamarra.
The show featured a group of colorfully dressed dancers who paraded around the main square in downtown Lima.
Held every year in February and March, Cajamarca’s Carnival is one of the most important celebrations of the region. All neighbourhoods get ready to participate in competitions where music and dance prevail.
Cajamarca inhabitants organize a parade and residents walk with Rey Momo, while carnival groups dance and sing along, bringing joy to the streets.
Nights are perfect for crowning queens, watching popular dances and tasting typical food and drink. Carnaval de Cajamarca celebrations are held the whole month, with eight central days.Peru’s capital got a chance to celebrate Cajamarca’s famous carnaval at the Palacio de Gobierno.