Barranquilla's Carnaval is a carnival with traditions that date back to the 19th century. It takes place for four days preceding Ash Wednesday. During the carnival the city of Barranquilla's normal activities are paralyzed because the city gets busy with street dances, musical and masquerade parades. Barranquilla's Carnival is reputed for being second in size to Rio's, but is far less commercialized.
It is the largest carnival in Colombia and 2nd in the World after Rio. Declared by UNESCO a 'Masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity'.