:: International Spring Festival
Final week of September
The festival of spring is celebrated all over Peru, with especially colorful variants in the jungle. Trujillo, capital of the departament of La Libertad however, has forged a particular reputation for holding the festival of greatest splendor . This festival is intimately linked to the marinera norteña, which is always danced by a couple, waving a handkerchief in the air to keep time. The festival features various tournaments demonstrating the regional variations of this dance.
During the week-long festival, streets and homes fill with decorations, floats are paraded through the city, and troupes of schoolchildren dance through the streets, led by the beauty queen of the spring pageant. The beauty queen is, always flanked by drum majorettes who travel here from all over the world to show off their skills.