Managua Toro Huaco
Every town and city in Nicaragua has a patron saint and the Toro Huaco festivals celebrate and honour the patron saints of each town. Toro Huaco festivals take place throughout the year in different cities across Nicaragua. The most popular and colourful Toro Huaco Festival takes place in Managua in early August annually. Many Managuans dress up in 1500s fashion and pose as characters from Spanish folklore making visitors feel like they are stepping back in time; in fact, much of the festival is celebrated in the same way it was centuries ago. Visitors to Managua during the Toro Huaco festival will be treated to scenes of mock battles, vibrant dancing, colourful fireworks displays and a spectacular parade as the statue of the patron Saint of Managua (Santiago) is carried through the town to the Santiago Shrine. The traditional festivities tend to become big street parties which are a wonderful experience and a good way to get to know some of the locals. Nicaraguans are generally very friendly and enjoy including tourists in their celebrations and traditions so don't be shy to participate and ask questions.
Venue: Various venues throughout Managua
Date: August 2014 TBA