An Afro-Colombian dancer of the La Yesquita neighborhood takes part in the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian dancer of the La Yesquita neighborhood takes part in the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian dancer of the La Yesquita neighborhood performs during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian dancer of the La Yesquita neighborhood performs during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
Afro-Colombian dancers of the Yescagrande neighborhood wave the flags during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. Afro-Colombian dancers of the Yescagrande neighborhood wave the flags during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian dancer of the Yescagrande neighborhood takes part in the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian dancer of the Yescagrande neighborhood takes part in the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
Spectators dance on the street while following a parade of the Cesar Conto neighborhood during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. Spectators dance on the street while following a parade of the Cesar Conto neighborhood during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
The Franciscan districts representatives travel the Atrato river in colorfully adorned boats during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. The Franciscan districts representatives travel the Atrato river in colorfully adorned boats during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
Afro-Colombian dancers of the Alameda Reyes neighborhood perform during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. Afro-Colombian dancers of the Alameda Reyes neighborhood perform during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian dancer of the La Yesquita neighborhood takes part in the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian dancer of the La Yesquita neighborhood takes part in the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian Catholic follower lights a candle while taking part in a religious procession during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian Catholic follower lights a candle while taking part in a religious procession during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
Afro-Colombian dancers of the Pandeyuca neighborhood perform in the rain during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. Afro-Colombian dancers of the Pandeyuca neighborhood perform in the rain during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.
A statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the town, is seen on the Atrato river shore during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia. A statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the town, is seen on the Atrato river shore during the San Pacho festival in Quibdó, Colombia.

San Pacho Festival

Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia – September - October 2019

Every year at the turn of September and October, the capital of the Pacific region of Chocó holds the celebrations in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi (locally named as San Pacho), recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Each day carnival groups, wearing bright colorful costumes and representing each neighborhood, dance throughout the city, supported by brass bands playing live music. The festival culminates in a traditional boat ride on the Atrato River, followed by massive religious processions, which accent the pillars of Afro-Colombian’s identity – the Catholic devotion grown from African roots.

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