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image by Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004
This was the Cartagena State flag
(1811-14) and the United Provinces on New
Granada provisional flag (1814). The star is eight-pointed, but
is frequently drawn five-pointed. This flag was previously
reported as Atlantico Department flag.
Jaume Ollé , 8 September 1996
I was in Barranquilla, Colombia, a couple of weeks ago and I
found out that cuadrilongas with eight-pointed stars were far
more common than those with five pointed stars. Actually the only cuadrilonga with a five-pointed star I saw was painted on a wall.
I could not get confirmation by any native, though.
So even if the five-pointed star flag is the official one, the
eight-pointed star flag (same as the flag of Cartagena) is the flag in common use.
Carlos Thompson, 15 May 2004
Barranquilla official site www.alcaldiabarranquilla.gov.co
seems to officially confirm the cuadrilonga flag with
eight-pointed star and a Coat of Arms with some different elements
than the Atlantico Coat of Arms.
Carlos Thompson, 11 August 2004
At the website
of the Barranquilla District Mayor's office, the flag is
shown and described. They describe the flag as composed of three
rectangles or elongated squares (cuadrados longos -- cuadrilonga), red, yellow and
green with an eight-pointed star.
This confirm my observations in Barranquilla of the
eight-pointed star. above is such a flag with
1:1:2:1:1×1:1:6:1:1 distribution. (I have seen also 1:1:1:1:1
flags). This should make Barranquilla flag equal to Cartagena flag (and both equal to the historical Cartagena flag).
However, most flags displayed in Cartagena do show a difference: non of the
points in the star points to the top. as shown in www.cartagenacaribe.com. I
do not know, however, if there is an official difference.
Carlos Thompson, 10 November 2004
In the 'Museo Romantico' in Barranquilla you can find a
display that tells the story of the history of the flag of
Cartagena and Barranquilla in Spanish. To sum up in English it
tells, that the red, yellow and green flag with an eight-pointed
star at first was designed 1811 during the independence of
Cartagena, and in 1814 became the flag of the United Provinces of
New Granada. In 1910 then the city council of Barranquilla
decided that the flag of Cartagena might serve as well as the
flag of Barranquilla to indicate the comon patriotic heritage of
the people. However, there is nothing said about the changing the
star's eight points in the centre of the flag.
Nahne Bienk, 12 February 2008
image by Jaume Ollé, 15 May 2000
Above is the flag according the constitution provisions. Same
image is featured in the arms. The 8 pointed yellow star is the
supposed original flag of the republic of Cartagena was described
only after that the provincial flag was already adopted. When the
provincial flag was adopted the Cartagena republic flag was
reconstructed as the above and was adopted as such.
Jaume Ollé , 15 May 2000
I live in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia. The green,
red-white-fringed, five-point star flag is the flag of the city
of Barranquilla, and the 8 Points Star Version is one is the Cartagena's.
Carlos A. Leiva, 18 July 2000
image from www.alcaldiabarranquilla.gov.co
The city of Barranquilla features two new flags (most likely since 2016) as
part of their rebranding. One of them is the logo (http://grupoelpoblado.com/images/vimo/logo_l3.png)
featuring the 2016-2019 (source:
in the middle over a white horizontal flag, which features the slogan, "Capital
de Vida" (English: Life Capital), as seen here:
A variant is the same flag scheme, but with colors inverted, as seen here (from
The other is the logo (very similar to this one: http://www.protransparencia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/alcaldia-de-barranquilla.png, but the three-color stripe located to the left of the coat of arms in black outline) featuring the title "Alcaldía de Barranquilla" (English: Mayorship of Barranquilla) in the middle, over a horizontal white flag.
Both of them were seen just moments ago during a tv broadcast on WinSports TV channel which aired a sponsored video of the city, most likely a short version of the videos aired as part of the "Barranquilla Capital de Vida - Emisión" (English: Barranquilla Life Capital - Episode...), by the official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/alcaldiabarranquilla).
For additional information go to Barranquilla (official website): http://www.barranquilla.gov.co/
Esteban Rivera, 7 March 2018
"The Carnaval de Barranquilla (English: Carnival of Barranquilla) currently
takes place four days before Ash Wednesday. The carnival has traditions that
date back to the 19th century: very little is known about exactly how and why
this carnival began. There are many theories; the most popular belief is that
the carnival is the welcoming of spring and a celebration of birth and renewal.
The carnival originates from a combination of pagan ceremonies, catholic beliefs
and ethnic diversity and is a mixture of the European, African and Indian
traditions, dances and music. It was at first a holiday for slaves, and grew to
be a celebration of the region.
Local beliefs date it back seven centuries and it is known that a great deal of the traditions were brought to America by the Spanish and Portuguese. The first notable date in the Carnival's history is 1888, when a figure known as King Momo appeared in the documented history of the Carnival. It has been held in some semi-continuous form since 1923, to be permanently held since 1959. The organization has depended on the ad hoc "Junta Organizadora del Carnaval de Barranquilla" (English: Organizing Board of the Carnival of Barranquilla) depending on the government of the Department of Atlantico (1941); the semi autonomous "Junta Organizadora del Carnaval" (English: Organizing Board of the Carnival) (1946); Junta Municipal del Carnaval (English: Municipal Board of the Carnival) (1947); the "Junta Organizadora del Carnaval de Barranquilla" (1958) (fully dependent on the government of the Department of Atlantico) and finally the establishment in 1959 of the "Junta Permanente del Carnaval" (English: Permanent Board of the Carnival) In the early 1990's the "Fundación Carnaval de Barranquilla" (English: Carnival of Barranquilla Foundation) and it has since organized the event."
Sources: http://www.carnavaldebarranquilla.org/carnaval-de-barranquilla-origen/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barranquilla%27s_Carnival and https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnaval_de_Barranquilla.
It seems that every year a new flag is unveiled and although the flags are very similar, there seems to be not a singular flag, but a different one for each year. Also, there is no clear date when the carnival hoisted its first flag but records show as early as 2006, although there is a flag seen in this 1956 video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNNHVibxub4) and even earlier in 1953 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmtJ9nr6-aA) but it is not clear if the flags featured are that of the Carnival, or flags. However, the flag features elements from the event. such as hats, confetti, fireworks, etc.
The 2006 version of the flag is supposed to be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XezRhzKi5ho (even though they mention the flag raising, it is not possible to see it on video)
The 2011 version of the flag is seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf8b0Nj5RCs
The 2012 version of the flag is seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPFJvcGaw0k
The 2017 version of the flag is seen here: https://static.wixstatic.com/ (source: https://www.imaginacionypublicidadsas.com/copia-de-exterior) as well as here: http://www.barranquilla.gov.co/cultura/images/2013/izada_bandera.jpg
The 2018 version of the flag is seen here (second flag from left to right, from 0:50 onwards): https://i.ytimg.com/vi/nsZ9RRIme5c/maxresdefault.jpg, source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsZ9RRIme5c
For additional information go to Carnaval de Barranquilla (official website): http://www.carnavaldebarranquilla.org/
Esteban Rivera, 7 March 2017