Carnaval 2015 begins in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. On Sunday, Front Street, the beach and Central Park were given over to paint wars by kids. They descended on the park with bottles filled with washable paints (hopefully) and even some raw eggs.
Often banding together in teams, they waged battles on other groups, gleefully smearing each other from head to toe. They get to do it again after school tomorrow and Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m. The adults get to join in too.
A big part of the celebration is Carnaval Comparsa, the marching of adult groups in themed costumes. They can be political, social, cultural — and as often as not, that very attractive woman marching by you is a guy. Some, like Felix, head of the local HIV Commission (in a photo in this blog) do an amazing transformation. The groups march and dance every night and compete for prizes.
Monday and Tuesday there will be music and dancing and celebrations in Central Park, well into the evening. It all ends on Wednesday night with the ceremonial burning of Don Juan Carnaval in Central Park.
We all celebrate because the following day begins Lent and for many San Pedro becomes a quieter, more sobering place.
Besides it helps take our minds off the fact that lobster season ended on Saturday.
So without further ado, here is a selection of photos from Sunday’s kids only painting. You have to agree, these young artistes are works of art.