The mixture of these cultures is shown in the richness of the music and dance, many forms of which originated in Santiago de Cuba, such as the Conga, Rumba, and Son (which later developed into what people call salsa today). What most characterize the carnival are the congas, which can be heard in many different areas around the city. Also popular orchestras make their way to Santiago for the festivities. For the city’s inhabitants, as long as there is music to dance to, and plenty of beer, the carnival is a success.
As usual, the festivities—with a total of 58 areas, 18 for dancing—will be preceded by the children and the aquatic carnivals presenting the continuity of these artistic expressions among the youngsters and the presence of the sea in the city’s life, respectively.