Festival de Barranquilla

Barranquilla. A Colombian city known for beautiful Caribbean beaches and women (i.e. Sofia Vergara).

Today marks the beginning of the city's eponymous Festival de Barranquilla - the city's carnival - which celebrates all things life for four days until the beginning of Lent. The festival takes over the entire city with energetic parades, tropical dances and people sporting colorful masked costumes all over. 

The 2014 edition of the festival is extra special, marking its first decade as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, being honored as a  "World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity." Impressive title, indeed!