Thousands take to streets to celebrate Bolivia’s Carnival

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers are celebrating Carnival in Bolivia.

The largest parade took place Saturday in the Andean city of Oruro, which is located 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of La Paz.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales and Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez attended the mining city’s festivities after agreeing to a deal increasing Bolivian exports of liquefied petroleum gas.

They looked on as streets filled with people dancing along a 5-kilometer (3-mile) route to the Catholic church of the Virgen of Socavon.

The Oruro procession brings together more than 20,000 dancers and musicians, attracts streams of visitors and has been included on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Carnival celebrations in Bolivia end Tuesday with an offering to Pachamama, or Mother Earth.