Carnaval en Philly: A Closing Party for “Filadelfia: New Perspectives”
Tropicalismo presents a celebration of Carnaval, hosted and curated by Juanderful (Juan Bustamante) and Gregzinho (Greg Scruggs) in the Roberto P. Hernández Theater. The traditional pre-Lent celebration of Catholic Europe is now a global phenomenon that is especially strong in Latin America and the Caribbean. As an expression of music, folklore, costume, food, and dance, Carnival represents local culture at its richest. Carnival has also taken root in cities home to immigrant populations who use the event to share their heritage, and Philadelphia is no exception. Join Tropicalismo, Philly’s leading platform for Afro-Latin-Caribbean culture, as they explore the unique Carnival traditions of the City of Brotherly Love — from Mummers to Carnaval de Puebla to Philly Caribbean Carnival to Brazilian celebrations — with an interactive salon on Carnival culture, visual displays, festive food and refreshments, live dancers, and of course the soundtrack that keeps the Carnival massive partying in the streets.

Featured guests:

Edgar Ramirez, San Mateo Carnavalero; Sheila Buchanan, Jesse Engaard, Rabble Rousers NYB; Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Pennsylvania; Alex Shaw, Alô Brasil; and Los Bomberos de la Calle

With special guests:

Jaime Alvarez, Grimaldi Baez, Miguel Antonio Horn, Mark C. Martinez, Michelle Angela Ortiz, José Ortiz Pagán, and Roxana J. Pérez-Méndez

All photos by the Jaime Alvarez
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