CARNAVAL IN SANTA CRUZ , BOLIVIA an update
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Carnaval in Santa Cruz is truly a people's carnaval with the youthful procession spreading through the streets of the old city. Here the Reina of 2008, eighteen year old Gloria Mariana passes the cathedral or Basilica Menor de San Lorenzo in the Plaza 24th Septiembre. Below you will find scenes from earlier events
  Carnaval in Santa Cruz is a lively event and totally different from any fiesta held in the Bolivian highlands. To begin with the music is strongly 'camba' from the region and the costumes are tropical. The glamour matches the most striking in the continent. Here a comparsa or group leads the Reina del Carnaval for 2007, Andrea Abudinen. Andrea is no newcomer to such events.
 
Carnaval in Santa Cruz is a huge street party much as it was in Rio before the days of the Passarela do Samba. The colourful procession with numerous floats, bands and reinas winds its way through the palm filled Plaza 24th de Septiembre in the heart of the old city. If it rains after the procession has started - which is often the case in this tropical land, the party continues.
 
  A young dancer portrays one of the many indigenous groups of people who once populated the enormous Bolivian lowlands.
The procession makes its way along Calle René Moreno near the Basilica Menor de San Lorenzo in the old city
 
 
 
The Carnaval is held in traditional style as a street party to which everyone is welcomed
 
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