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A Weekend of Neighborhood Festivals


This past weekend saw two of Bogotá's most traditional neighborhood festivals.

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Musicians perform during La Perseverancia's chicha festival.

The blue collar La Perseverancia's chicha festival filled the streets with so many people that the chicha ran out in this neighborhood known for making the fermented corn drink. 'La Perse' has a rich history, having been founded by Bavaria Beer Company owner Leo Kopp, a Jewish German immigrant, as a model neighborhood for the employees of his brewery.

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A hot day.

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A dancer whirls in La Perseverancia.

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A crowd in front of the Church of Christ, the Laborer, in La Perseverancia.

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Partyers in costumes of the Bible's Three Kings in the Egipto neighborhood.

The weekend's second festival took place in the hardscrabble Egipto neighborhood above La Candelaria and celebrated the three kings who brought gifts to the newborn Jesus. The festival, however, was more partying than piety, with lots of beer, chicha and rich foods.

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Selling guarapo, a drink made from sugar cane juice.

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Pouring masato, similar to chicha but made by fermenting rice.

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Chicha for sale.

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These festivals are not made for vegetarians.

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