Between the 17th to the 24th of April every year the entire city of Riobamba will be celebrating the Fiestas de Abril. During the week there will be 95 events ranging from the academic and cultural to the artistic and musical. There is also a three day street parade full of marching bands and great music and colorful clothing. In the night all of the drunken youth of the city go to Macaje to see live bands from all around Latin America.
The celebration marks 189 years since the Battle of Riobamba on the 21st of April 1822. The battle is considered by historians as one of the most brilliant combats in the war for South Americas independence from the Spanish crown. The independence movements decisive victory against the royalists in and around Riobamba was instrumental in the Republic of Ecuador gaining its independence a month later on the 24th of May in Pichincha.