Tuesday, December 10, 2019

2019's Parade of Myths and Legends

Fantasy creatures took over the Colombian city of Medellín on Sunday with 800 artists taking part in the annual Parade of Myths and Legends. 

The parade is already in its forty-fifth year. 

It started in 1974 as a family event and to bring the country's myths and legends to life. 

The event's artistic director said that in 2019 the emphasis was less on Colombian myths but on legends from across the world. 

And as a result, Mexican "catrinas", elegant skeletons made famous by cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada more than a 100 years ago, featured heavily in the parade. 

There were also genies, even a man-eating tree of lore, a character known as El Sombrerón, who is a kind of bogeyman with a diabolical face and who also has a large hat, the Weeping Woman of legend La Llorona and many others.

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