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CaptionAt the beginning of February for two nights the city of Montevideo feels its throbbing root rhythms with a traditional celebration called the Llamadas parade. Since 1956 this much anticipated event takes place on the old streets of the Sur and Palermo neighborhoods in homage to the artists who passed on the unique Afro-Uruguayan Carnival traditions. The large dramatic Candomble drum orchestras lays down the beat while men women and children dance upon these traditional rhythms. This is the Llamadas parade the star of what Uruguayans call the world longest Carnaval season which has daytime parades and many performances throughout the season by murgas or costumed singing entertainers in theaters. Llamadas means "calls" which was how blacks in Montevideo would meet up for candomble. Calls might be chanting or handclapping but more often it would be drum beats and it meant candomble was about to start. The groups in the Llamades parades feature 40 to 70 drummers playing in unison for the dancers in front of them. The first section is always the flag wavers who frenetically wave flags made of their groups colors as tall as 30 feet over the street and audience. These are the Escobero or Sweepers who are responsible for sweeping away the negative vibes before the ceremonial arrival of the main party. There can be many groups of dancers performing original choreography or interacting with the audience but they will be followed by typical characters such as the Gramillero who will be a bearded old man representing the tribal witch doctor who will moves with the distinctive grace or twitch of a man possessed with the spirits yet he remains also in harmony with his female partner - the Mama Vieja or "Old Mother" Her costume and dance steps are more free form but slower than the many younger ladies performing in spectacular fashion in front of her.
HeadlineLlamadas Desfile Montevideo Uruguay [1 of a set of 202] plus 2012 article
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Byline (Photographer)cmc
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