miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2012

Carnival of San Miguel

The Carnival of San Miguel is one of the most important popular celebrations of El Salvador, which takes place every November, during the festivities of the city of San Miguel.
Initially the festivities were held every May 8, date of founding of the town. In such celebrations dominated commercial transactions of merchants from various parts of Central America. In 1939 the City Council decided to move the celebration to November 21 in honor of Our Lady of Peace, the patron of the population. During that time local festivals were held in the neighborhoods of the city. As the years passed, casinos in the town dancing festivals were developed, and where income had a small group of people. These locations include the Casino Migueleño. While this was happening, outside of the box, the bulk of the population is content to listen to the music of the bands that gave life to the celebration. Among the most important collections of those years the Orchestra include polio, Paquito Palaviccini1 and Lito Barrientos.

In 1959 the celebrations took a different turn. That year he was appointed as Governor Miguel Felix Charlaix Department, who, noting the isolation of the majority during the celebrations, decided that the orchestra had their presentations on the streets of the city. Two years after its inception, the carnival had an international character with the visit of Guatemalan President Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes and the five Central American beauty queens. Over the years the popularity of carnival spread throughout El Salvador and neighboring countries, to the point of self-proclaimed, in recent times, as the most important holiday of Centroamérica.2 A significant part of the audience is made up of Salvadorans living in abroad, especially in the United States.

"San Miguel Carnival", played by Gil Medina, is a song that has accompanied this festival right from the start. Its creator, Francisco Palaviccini, 4 was composed of Xuc paced, well out of his invention. The most memorable verse shows the indiscriminate invitation to anyone wishing to attend the party:
Ni pobre, ni rico, ni joven, ni viejo, ni bello, ni feo, ni chele, ni prieto, ni hembra, ni macho, ni alto, ni bajo, todo es igual en San Miguel, en Carnaval

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