The Dinagyang Festival is a blend of religious and cultural festival, held every third week of January. The festival is one of the most anticipated events in the country, showcasing the devotion to the Holy Child Jesus. Expect the city to be jam-packed as the tourist all over the world try to glimpse the cultural highlights which includes the lively and dynamic street parade of Dinagyang Ati Competion and Kasadyahan Competition.
Let your eyes feast to the pleasing tribal costumes of the participants of the Ati-Dinagyang at Kasadyahan. Feel the vibration of the enormous drum beats that covers the entire city, and dance as you feel the spirit of the true fun here in Dinagyang Festival.
The highlight of the celebration is on the Sunday, where the street dance participants assemble at Freedom Grandstand, where they need to showcase their well-rehearsed dynamic performance.
The route of the Carousel Parade for both Ati and Kasadyahan start at said Grandstand and pass by the street of J.M. Basa St. to Iznart St. as the sadsad parade area and will hit the next Stage in the Provincial Capitol to showcase again their performance. Afterwards, they will parade towards the next stage in the Quezon – Ledesma Street via General Luna Street. The big performance will be held at the Maria Clara Stage.
Some said that the Dinagyang Fesival is the Philippine version of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, but I highly disagree. The conception of the Festival is well-regarded for it pays respect to the Holy Child, it is sanctified meaningful celebration for the Ilonggos.