Criolla week in Montevideo, Uruguay

Criolla Week in Montevideo.


The “Criolla del Prado” week is one of the most important festivals of the Uruguayan calendar. It’s a fun way to bring the “gaucho” (cowboy) culture and the tradition of the countryside to the capital city of Montevideo.


It is also the largest gaucho festival in the country, where the central show is the “Jineteadas Gaucho Contest”, which is an exciting bare back rodeo contest. In addition, the program includes local music, children’s activities, and Uruguayan gastronomy.

During Criolla week, the best riders and horses gather in the ring for the largest bareback horse-riding contest in Uruguay. It highlights the role of the gaucho and rural Uruguayan customs, with animals brought in from the countryside for all to see.

Dates of the celebration: The Creole week takes place every year on the same days as Holy Week, that is, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Although some opening acts are held on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.


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