Samba schools, Lubolas Groups, Murgas and prominent guest artists in different genres will participate in the 2023 edition of the Melense carnival that will begin next Saturday, February 18.
As is traditional, the party already has several confirmed figures such as Claudia Fernández, Sol Pérez, Florencia de la V, Chacho Ramos, Matías Valdez, The La Planta and the Fatales, who will shine in parades along Aparicio Saravia street.
The novelty is that this year, the party also includes a National Festival of Murgas in the Teatro de Verano de Melo on February 21, 22 and 23, to which is added the participation of prominent singers in dances scheduled in social institutions and centers private.
The launch took place on Tuesday 31 with the presence of the Vice President of the Republic, Beatriz Argimón, the Secretary of the Presidency, Álvaro Delgado, the Minister of Tourism, Tabaré Viera; the Mayor of Cerro Largo, José Yurramendi; the Director of Tourism, Jacqueline Hernández and the Director of Events, Gustavo Olivera.
Also present were the Director General of the Secretariat, Ignacio Curbelo; the National Director of Tourism, Roque Baudean, among other institutional references.
Vice President Argimón expressed her joy for this new edition, “here samba, candombe, popular art that gained a place with the characteristic and imprint they knew how to give it, is mixed. Societies need episodes of joy, expressions of color, being all together and that is achieved by the Carnival of Melo. Those things are only achieved, if they are authentic expressions,” she stated.
For his part, Minister Viera pointed out the importance of this festival, “it is a true cultural syncretism because the border influence with Brazil undeniably makes us have a different expression there. This is a very participative Carnival, and the different social organizations give it fun, spontaneity, and color. It is a very unique expression that is worth going to visit, ”he said.
Mayor Yurramendi stressed that this is the most popular event in the department, where you can enjoy the best popular expression for free, with more than fifty groups that show a lot of diversity, an aspect that makes this Carnival different. "Our Carnival has a great base, which is our cultural and artistic groups that are going to be parading down Avenida Saravia and that are preparing for a whole year to offer the best show." In addition, he highlighted the presence of national and international artists who are one of the condiments that this celebration has. "There is an economic and commercial movement that is the other leg of the Carnival, through tourism an important extraordinary income of money is generated and that is why it is the investment," he added.