[<< wikinews] Fiesta Season begins in Colombia
Sunday, December 25, 2005 

A Fiesta Season of two  weeks begins in Colombia in December 25 with the Feria de Cali followed by the Feria de Manizales and the Carnival of Blacks and Whites in Pasto.
The 48th Feria de Cali
Begins at 1:00 pm in the city of Cali and the opening ceremony includes a Cabalgata, (Horseriding Parade). During the Feria, there will be bullfighting events and shows, salsa and Caribbean music concerts until December 30. This year concerts will include renowned salsa artists such as Jonny Pacheco, Sergio Vargas, Jose Feliciano, Carlos Vives, Sonora Carruseles from Miami among others.
Feria de Manizales
This is the Feria of Pasodoble, the musical rhythm that accompanies the bullfighting events. These festivals are to be celebrated from January 2nd to January 9th. It includes a beauty contest with the participation of 24 beauty queens from different countries.  The beauty queens will be homage in a sort of Petals-Rain Parade on the main streets of the city of Manizales.
There will be 16 venues music concerts, each one specializing in different music types including Salsa, Vallenato, Pasodoble, music of the 60’s, tango, etc.
Carnival of Blacks and Whites
Beginning with a pre-carnival event on December 28th, the carnival begns on January 2nd with a parade of “Colonies” is the most picturesque carnival of the country.
On December 4 is the arrival of the Castaneda family, a krewe parade where a typical settler family from the north of Colombia caricatured.  On December the 5th people will play to paint each other in black to celebrate the Day of the Blacks and on December the 6th the whites will take revenge by to throwing white talcum to everyone 


== Sources ==
Arranca la Feria de Cali
Inician 15 días de rumba con ferias en Cali y Manizales, y el festival de Blancos y Negros de Pasto
Festival in Colombia - Wikipedia article about festivals in Colombia