Bolivia Bolivian dancers took the streets during the NYC Dance Parade.

Published on May 22nd, 2016 | by Mark Chesnut

Bolivian dancers took the streets during the NYC Dance Parade.

Colorful Bolivian Costumes Take the NYC Streets During Dance Parade


It happens every year in New York City. During the annual Dance Parade & Festival, dozens of Bolivian men, women and children take to the streets of the Big Apple — and they are invariably one of the most eye-catching groups to dance down Broadway.

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Colorful, ornate, oversized and at times noisy (sleigh bells grace some pants), this unmistakably Bolivian clothing — and the accompanying Bolivian music — stands out against the other traditional clothing and modern dance outfits worn at the event. Various Bolivian costumes are used at dance and music festivals like this, including the especially bright and attention-getting clothing related to Los Caporales, a traditional Andean dance.

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Several Bolivian organizations were present at this year’s event, which took place on May 21 — including the Fraternidad Folkloric Cultural Caporales Universitarios de San Simón New York, one of the largest Bolivian cultural groups in the New York City area, which is affiliated with a group of the same name in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Also present were members of Tinkus San Simón, who performed the Tinku dance from the norther part of Bolivia’s Andean region.

If you happen to travel to Bolivia, you won’t want to miss attending a live performance of traditional Bolivian music and dance. And if you happen to be visiting New York City in May, be sure to watch the Dance Parade & Festival — and don’t forget your camera.

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