The “Negrita Puloy” is a black woman that represents the joy, coquetry, and colorfulness of the women from Barranquilla. It is the only female character of the carnival and it relates to the struggles and resistance of the Afro-descendant culture.
Torito means “little bull” in Spanish. It’s one of the most representative characters of the Barranquilla Carnival. Inherited from African culture, the bull is the protagonist of its own dance, where the participants disguise themselves with large masks of animals and dance to the sound of drums.
The zebra is a characteristic animal of the African jungle that became part of the carnival culture, represented in masks carved in wood and paper-mâché, which the dancers incorporate in their attire for the Congo or Torito dance.
The tiger mask is another element of the carnival that has its origin in Africa. It is one of the animals that stands out for its contrast of yellow with black and as a character, it is part of the dance of the bull.