CAMAGÜEY.- (ACN) Adalberto Álvarez and Manolito Simonet will perform with their orchestras in this edition of Camagüey´s San Juan, which will take place from the 24th to the 29th of this month, in the renewal of a traditional rendez-vous with almost 300 years of existence.

The party was inaugurated between the Friday 23 midnight and the beginning of the Saturday 24 morning, in a ceremony from the balconies of the old Town Hall, now headquarter of the Municipal Assembly of People's Power.

The program of the first day includes the street elaboration of the traditional ajiaco (a kind of soup with meat and vegetables) in vicinal activities. The upcoming carnival edition will reincorporate inactive spaces for several years, such as La Trocha del INRA, El platanal de Bartolo and Plaza de Santa Ana, which are part of the more than 30 areas planned for the celebrations, among the danceable and / or artistic ones.

Among the almost 40 musical groups included are the Havana´s Arnaldo y su Talismán, and the Camagüey´s Maravilla de Florida, Rumbatá, Lágrimas Negras, Girón, Ritmo Moderno and el Órgano of Santa Cruz del Sur.

The central parades of floats, congas and ¨comparsas¨on 25, 26 and 28, will travel from 26 de Julio Avenue to Plaza de la Libertad, whereupon the itinerary is once again excluded from the local urban historical center, but maintains its final destination in the same place of the traditional route.

That show in the Previsora, Lenin and Julio Antonio Mella neighborhoods will take place on June 27, and,  the Children Carnival Festivity will take place on June 24th, with the main section in the referred avenue, information offered at a press conference by members of the organizing committee of the Celebrations.

The official closure will be held on Thursday 29, with the so-called San Pedro´s funeral, a conga of extraordinary dimension to dismiss the summer party.

The Camagüey´s carnival exists according to documentary references since the first half of the XVIII century, and had its origin in the convergence of the celebration of the day of San Juan, of European origin, and cattle fairs in the locality.

Translated by Ludys Peguero Domínguez/ English Language student