Santiago de Cuba
The Parade of the Serpent is the closing act of Festival del Caribe – a week long festival of Caribbean nations. The festival happens during the day. And is the prologue of a week of “visitations,” by all six of the Cuban Conga groups; rivals warming up through drum band battle parades in each other’s barrio as a tune up for Santiago’s carnival in July.This track is the beginning of the Parade of the Serpent as the Caribbean groups have just lined up and are filled with excitement before they begin their march through the ancient city. For part 2 we follow Conga Los Hoyos for a historical recording which we will post soon.