The biggest social event in Medellín is the annual Feria de las Flores (Festival of the Flowers). The entire city is abuzz during this week-long festival full of special events, classic car shows, concerts, flower exhibitions, and parties. It culminates with a parade featuring hundreds of flower arrangements carried on the backs of silleteros (porters), who prepare the floats the night before the parade in Santa Elena. The festival has been a part of Medellín’s cultural heritage since 1957.
I was able to attend some of the events during the festival, but could not attend the parade because I had to travel to get back to work the next day.
The first event I attended was an exhibition of huge animals made of flowers. The exhibition was at Plaza Mayor. Animals such as jaguars, frogs, armadillos, and birds were featured in brightly colored flowers. Admission was free.
Feria de Artesanías
Next, we visited the Feria de Artesanías (Artisan’s Fair) to view some very creative floral arrangements and prize-winning flowers. This took place at the Jardín Botánico in a special exhibition hall. There were several other events outside the exhibition hall such as shops selling crafts, food products, clothes, and souvenirs. There was music and dancing and plenty of food and drinks to go around. It was a very festive atmosphere. Admission was COP$15,000.
There were some very creative arrangements using old cars and dining rooms among others.
The most popular arrangement was a tribute to the Colombian football team.