The celebrations/ parades leading up to Inti Raymi – The Festival of the Sun

The celebrations in Cusco aren’t like anything you’ve seen before.  They have parades celebrating their Incan history, their gastronomy, and Catholicism – more so the mixture of the Incan religion and Catholicism. Everyone participates from as young as about 2 or 3 years old to 70ish.  This year was the first time in a hundred years when the holiday (that typically are on random days similar to Easter) lined up all on the same week all leading up to Inti Raymi. A few things we noticed about the parades in Cusco:

  • They all have cultural or spiritual significance
  • There are so many beautiful colors
  • Grammar schools, universities, municipalities, organizations etc… participate.
  • A lot of the groups are environmentally conscious.
  • Everyone loves candied apples and cotton candy!
  • The parades last all day long all week long
  • A random band can walk in the streets in the middle of the night having its own sort of parade.
  • Parades would happen with or without the tourist.
  • This is not a big commercial advertisement of cartoon characters, plays for you to go see, or about any movie or tv stars. This is about history.
  • Cuzqueno the local beer is sold on the street all day 2 for 5 soles.

The following are pics from the parades leading up to Inti Raymi (which was on June 24th). I will do a separate post for Inti Raymi.

2 thoughts on “The celebrations/ parades leading up to Inti Raymi – The Festival of the Sun

  1. What?!?!?!?!? Week long celebrations and candied apples and cottan candy! Ugh where do i fly to ????? lol

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