The festival of the vallenato legend is one of Colombia’s most important music and folk festivals. Literally, vallenato means ‘born in the valley’. The term now applies to the people of the city of Valledupar and to the generic name for the music of the region. Traditionally, the festival is celebrated between April 26 and 30 in Valledupar, the capital of the department of Cesar. For five days, the city becomes an enormous party, full of parades, shows, contests, and good music.