Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mil Tambores 2010

This weekend was the Carnaval Mil Tambores, possibly my favorite Valparaiso events. Its pretty late and I've done nothing but celebrate, party, and do presentations and workshops for 3 days now so I dont have much time or energy to write about details, but to make up for it I included a set of photos that show some of the variety of groups that participated in the 2nd parade, which took place this morning.

On Friday there was a HUGE parade on Avenida Alemania, but I was participating in the parade with a group so I couldnt take photos at all. It was a gorgeous day and a great parade. However, at night things in the plan turned violent and people broke lots of stuff, including many windows to stores, all of the recycling and garbage containers, and even ripped out the new stoplights they put in. The news said there was around 20 million pesos worth of damage (crazy video that must've been taken before I walked by, as that area was super trashed and smelled like tear gas until at least the next afternoon). Its a shame, especially since the focus of the event is about being more conscious, friendly to the environment, etc...


speeches, music and dance on behalf of the Mapuches


micros stuck in the middle of the parade
unicycle, swing (and what was most appropriately advertised as "ribbon dancer" throughout my childhood), dance, etc...

a mime I met in Chillan this summer

samba dancers with neat costumes
Here is my post from Mil Tambores 2009, where I went as a clown and could therefore carry along my camera. They did not have as much focus this year on the bands, nor any shows in Caleta Membrillo, which was good in my opinion, though obviously it didn't do much to put a damper on the alcohol consumption and partying.


  1. Parece una actividad llena de alegría y diversidad. Sin embargo, nunca entiendo por qué en estos eventos parece normal terminar rompiendo propiedad pública por todos lados, hasta que llegan los pacos y se pudre todo.
    Acá en Temuco ocurre frecuentemente con todas las marchas y manifestaciones, parten muy lindas, pero después de un rato se ponen a quemar cosas. =/

  2. It looks like a fun event. I'm not sure why I've never been to Valpo on that weekend. Odd considering that L is FROM Valpo. You think he would have mentioned it.

  3. I ended up missing this cause of a doctors apt but will have to catch it next year.

    This is super random and i wasnt even going to say anything until i checked my blog, but if you were in centro viña today, super tall, with funky tights on today, I think i saw you from my colectivo! haha, anyway, I always enjoy your posts! Thats sad about how the festival ended. My boyfriend has said how he thinks its dumb how with chilean protests, festivals, etc, most of the time they end up doing more damage, the message gets lost, and people dont take them seriously. But this looks like so much fun that Ill have to get painted and go next year! Cuidate!

  4. Sara- perhaps, but its entirely possible that L wouldn't even know about it if hes not into this type of thing . see what he says haha

    katie- thats too bad, but the event actually takes place all weekend, these pictures are just from one of the two parades, which last like 5 hours each, and there are tons of bands, talks, presentations, etc... all over for the rest of the weekend. i sincerely hope you werent at the doctor so long hehehe!

    i was in the center of vina today, however i most definitely wasn't wearing funky tights hahaha. actually, my tan dress pants arent very close at all so i'm guessing it was someone else!

    definitely go next year and participate if you dare jeje. i havent done the body painting for a few reasons, but i usually do something.

  5. Hmm...

    Sabí que?! yo iba a asistir aunque sea un momento para ir a sacar fotos. Este año participó una amiga que bailó danza hindú y quería ir a sacarle fotos.

    Bueno para el año próximo espero poder asistir, este año estuve super ocupado con miles de ilustraciones urgente asi que no pude moverme a ningún lado ese día. =(

    Una lastima también que la celebración terminó en desmanes por culpa de los vándalos de siempre como si de protesta se tratara. Espero que no la pongan limitaciones (absurdas) al evento el año que viene.