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June Explodes in Celebration

Niños bailando en la Plaza (Photo: Walter Coraza Morveli)

In June of every year Cuzco carries out fiestas in which people participate actively. These are the largest celebrations of our calendar and, of them, the largest is called simply the Fiestas del Cusco, the Feasts of Cuzco.

These latter do not take place on every single day of the month, but on specific dates according to the calendar established each year. You will find dances, allegorical floats, music, and much more in order to salute and celebrate our Cuzco in its jubilee month. This is the month for recognizing and honoring our city and region of Cuzco.

Joy in Dancing in June (Photo: Walter Coraza Morveli)
Joy in Dancing in June (Photo: Walter Coraza Morveli)

You can find the official calendar with its seeming infinity of events on the official website of EMUFEC, Cuzco’s official agency responsible for putting together our celebrations.

During this month public and private enterprises as well as institutions, markets, and more—most of the agencies and organizations in our city, will carry out pasacalles, that is to say parades of personnel, often organized into dance troupes representing our cultural heritage. These take place around the Plaza de Armas, making it an important place to be to observe the full range of Cuzco’s organizations, its people, and its heritage.

Chola Qorilazo in June (Photo: Water Coraza Morveli)
Chola Qorilazo in June (Photo: Water Coraza Morveli)

You can expect some of the groups, like those of the universities, institutes, and schools, to perform with great skill. Their dances fill with song, shouts, grace and strength that make them a joy to watch. It is all done in order to make the organization shine before the public of Cuzco.

Many of the parades are also part of competitions to see who of a certain category can claim to make the best presentation. In this way, each year, the organizations work to be better than the prior year.

The city’s authorities are present in the pasacalles to observe all the city’s organizations pass before them. This comes to a conclusion on the 24th when attention is directed to the stages where the pageant of Inti Raymi is offered. It is also called the feast of the son.

In this way the whole month is one of fiestas. The center of the city fills with dancers, performers, and spectators. It is an exciting time.

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