Charrúa Festival: Bolivians Dancing in the Streets of Buenos Aires

Every year, the Bolivian community in Buenos Aires puts on their finest metallic suits and 4-inch party heals to celebrate the Virgin of Copacabana. And it’s one hell of a party. You can hear the drums beating from blocks away as  marching bands keep the energy alive with giant drums, trumpets and trombones, all  decorated with the colors of the Bolivian flag. Purple incense smoke billows through the air and you are instantly warmed to the streets of La Paz as troops of dancers swagger their way into the city center. The women in bowler hats are covered in gold bling, right down to their front teeth. With over 20 blocks of twirling skirts pom-poms on braided pig-tails and shoulder padded costumes, it’s just something you gotta see.

Cholita at Buenos Aires Charrua Festival

Little Cholita

More than slightly jealous of these outfits. Why can't I wear 4-inch gold heels and pom-poms? #whitegrlproblem

Macho men in sequins and shoulder pads = Bolivian Love

Spinning Ladies in Pink

Dancing Queens

Buenos Aires Charrua Bolivians

Dancing until sundown

Practical Stuff: The parade generally takes place the first two weekends after October 12 and celebrations are held in the San Martin barrio (close to the San Lorenzo Soccer Stadium).  But on Saturday Oct 15, I was lucky enough to catch the celebration making it’s way to the Casa Rosada.

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