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A Fiesta of Colors in Colombia: Medellín's Flower Festival
During the month of August, Colombian cities come alive with the vibrant hues of spring blossoms. They are accompanied by an array of exciting events. One of Colombia’s most cherished regional festivals has grown into a captivating tourist attraction. Medellín’s annual Feria de Las Flores, lovingly called the “Flower Festival,” is happening on July 28 to Aug. 7, and is a showcase of Medellín’s exquisite flowers and a tribute to the city’s rich culture. Whether you’re a flower enthusiast or not, the Flower Festival promises an enchanting experience for everyone.
A Kaleidoscope of Delights
While roses, orchids and lilies take center stage, the festival offers much more than floral beauty. Prepare to immerse yourself in a whirlwind of concerts, cultural spectacles and thrilling sporting competitions that honor the Colombian spirit. Beyond the floral displays, there’s something captivating for everyone, making this weeklong event an unforgettable celebration of Colombian heritage.
The Flower Parade
A trip to Medellín during August would be incomplete without experiencing the grandeur of the Flower Parade. Witness the heart of the festival as hundreds of local flower growers, adorned in traditional attire, proudly parade through the city streets. They bear enormous flower displays on their backs. This “Desfile de Silleteros” or “Flower Grower’s Parade” is the festival’s highlight. The participants compete for the coveted title of best flower arrangement. Expect a burst of energy and vibrancy that brings the streets alive with joy and color.
A 61-Year Legacy
Since its inception in 1957 as “The Flower Party,” the festival has blossomed into a grand celebration. Now, it attracts international visitors from far and wide. Over the years, it has expanded to feature a wide array of events and exhibitions.
Music in the Air
Music forms an integral part of any Colombian festival, and the Flower Festival is no exception. Get ready to sway to the rhythms and melodies, as the Trova Festival takes center stage with singing competitions among locals. In addition, enjoy captivating live performances by renowned artists and the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra at the Evening Cultural Park event.
Join the Fiesta
As August approaches, mark your calendar and venture into the kaleidoscopic world of Medellín’s Flower Festival. Discover the magic of Colombia’s cultural heritage, vibrant blooms and lively performances at this unmissable celebration of life and beauty.