History of Papelitos
History of Papelitos
goes that in the 1970s a group of kids playing in the streets of Gualeguaychú during the early afternoon resolved to create a children's murga
. By word of mouth, about 40 enthusiastic members joined in to use flat and round metal cans -in which a sweet-potato jam known as dulce de batata
is canned- to play drums.
Papelitos "Comparsa" at the first night of the 2014 Gualeguaychú Carnival
As they saw this performance, two mothers called María Rosa Arakaki and Mirta Larrivey decided to support their children by signing them up for "The Carnival of Joy", a local corso
organized by Club Juventud Unida
The music was in charge of Mr. Marcelino Amarillo, father of one of the kids. He provided a bombo
and some side drum. As these were not enough, some cans crossed with wires to produce vibration were added, thus creating a carnival element known as "false side drums".
Video: "Comparsa Papelitos" - La batucada de la comparsa Papelitos en una edición anterior del Carnaval de Gualeguaychú
There was a limited budget for costumes. The mothers had to be really resourceful to come up with the idea of adding hot pink and blue crepe paper strips to their jeans simulating a fringe.
As Mirta Larrivey saw these costumes, she exclaimed: "-Look at you! You are little papers! (Papelitos in Spanish)". And thus, the neighborhood was represented by the little comparsa
known as Papelitos del Oeste
(Western Little Papers), to pay tribute to the huge love and support they had harvested in this area of the city. This small comparsa
turned out to be the winner at The Carnival of Joy, giving way to different celebrations all throughout western Gualeguaychú.
There was no coming back from this. It became one of the most important comparsas
in Gualeguaychú and its Carnival. Today, Papelitos
is the comparsa of Club Juventud Unida
and one of the most beloved and passionate in the famous Carnival of the Country.
Papelitos is one of the three comparsas that will participate in the next Carnival of Gualeguaychú 2016, which will be held in the Corsódromo (Piccini y Ayacucho) on Saturdays during the summer, starting on January 9 and ending on February 27, 2016.