It’s ten days of partying in Medellin, the “City of Eternal Spring”, with the start of the Feria de las Flores (Flowers Festival), that is held every year the first week in August.
The week long festival is made up of small and large parties and festivities, like the horse parade on Sunday and the antique car show on Wednesday, that includes the cars and their drivers in attire of the period,
Flowers can be found everywhere, each mall focusing on a particular theme. Flowers are in full bloom everywhere and on balconies and terraces.
The annual event offers visitors more than 140 different cultural events, like the Festival de Orquestas and Festival Nacional de la Trova.
The Feria de las Flores is one of the cultural events loaded with Colombian affirmation of identity and brings together all Antioqueños (Medellin region) and thousands of national and international tourists.
The very first Feria de las Flores was on 1957 and lasted only five days and was organized by Arturo Uribe, a member of the Board of the Office of Development and Tourism. The festival lasted for five days with an exposition of flowers displayed in the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was organized by the Gardening Club of Medellín and monsignor Tulio Botero to celebrate Virgin Mary day.
The festival was changed to August in 1958 to celebrate the independence of Antioquia.