Caracol 2017 through its Museum and Cultural Affairs Office, will stage the 31st Caracol Festival on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds in Barangay Olympia, Makati City.
The grand street parade will be held this coming SUNDAY February 26 and a grand parade and street dancing will be held at around past 4:00pm and will start at the Circuit Mall ( formerly known as Santa Ana Racing Circuit ) .
The unique festival was conceptualized around 1986 and was supposed to combine three of the Philippines’ major ethnic festivals, but eventually evolved into a unique cultural event in its own right.
The origin of the name was derived from the Spanish word, caracol means “snail.” It’s hard to say whether the Caracol Festival was named because of its associations with nature, or because it cycles every year like the ridges on a snail’s shell.
Now , it is known to present the beauty of environment , mother nature and awareness. There will over 5,000 participants at the annual festival from elementary, high school and youth category.
There will be 12 competing groups this year, three in the elementary category, three in high school, and six from the barangay clusters, three for each district. Each dance group will have 30 to 40 members excluding musicians and props-men.
Makati Mayor Abby Binay Message
Makati Mayor Abby Binay said everyone is invited to join the Caracol Festival, Makati’s version of Mardi Gras, which showcases the city’s advocacy for environmental protection and preservation.
“We are inviting residents, tourists and the general public to come and join us in one of the most colorful and exciting events in the city, dedicated to promoting a deeper sense of appreciation and caring for the gifts of Mother Nature, especially among the youth,” Binay said.
MCAO officer in charge May Santillan said the festival will start at 4:00 p.m. with a parade of around 5,000 performers along A.P. Reyes Avenue going to the Globe Circuit Grounds. The assembly area will be at Hippodromo Street in Barangay Olympia, Makati City .
There are some streets that might be closed to vehicular traffic , once the parade had started .
Santillan also said the highlight of the festivity is a dance competition where participants are dressed up in colorful, nature-inspired costumes like flowers, insects, and rare animals.
The will be judged based on costume originality, beauty and creativity, and performance level of their dance. Special awards will be given for the best costume and best choreography.