Murga is a form of popular musical theatre performed primarily in Montevideo, Uruguay during the Carnival season. Murga groups also operate in Argentina, mainly during the Buenos Aires Carnival, though to a much lesser extent than in Uruguay; the Argentinian murga is more centred on dancing and less on vocals than the Uruguayan one.
Murgueros dress in elaborate, colourful, jester-like costumes. Staging is sparse with minimal use of props. The singers tend to be foregrounded with the percussionists at the back or off to the side of the stage.
During the 20th century, the Carnavales at Avenida de Mayo (de Mayo Avenue) were very popular, but they were discontinued first during the military government of the 1970s, and then during the 1990s. Mayor Aníbal Ibarra promoted the comeback of carnival (mainly into the barrios) in the mid 2000s, and the Avenida de Mayo show returned in 2006.
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