Monday, 21 December 2015

Yipao: Colombia's Bizarre Jeep Parade

image credit: Álvaro Ramírez

The Jeep is Colombia's most iconic mode of transportation, especially in the coffee growing regions where farming is an integral part of life. Every year, almost every small town in Colombia's coffee growing region organize a parade called Yipao to celebrate this iconic vehicle.

The word 'yipao' means a fully-loaded Willy, and that's exactly how the festival is celebrated. Every vehicle that takes part is loaded to the brim with everything the locals can get their hands on. The vehicles are driven by the main streets of the city and the Jeeps with the largest amount of objects carried and the most harmonious arrangements earn prizes.

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