Carnaval

Nothing beats Carnaval in San Pedro, but this is a fair second place

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Kids roam the streets of San Pedro during Carnaval 2015.
Happy Warriors: Kids roam the streets of San Pedro during Carnaval 2015, cheerfully smearing each other with (hopefully) washable paint. It is a chance to be wild and free, just before Lent begins.

I missed Carnaval in San Pedro, Belize, this year.

No kids giddily slathering each other in colorful paint in Central Park.

No quirky and entertaining Comparsas song-and-dance parades.

No party in the park, La Pintadera, the last hurrah before Lent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carnaval in San Pedro Town: Ramping up for the big finale

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Practicing for Tuesday evening's Fat Tuesday festivities at Carnaval on a side street in San Pedro Town
Practicing for Tuesday evening’s Fat Tuesday festivities at Carnaval on a side street in San Pedro Town

Last night was the final orgasm of Carnaval — the last big hurrah before Ash Wednesday when all hard-partying Belizeans (and many tourists) bow on bended knee this bright clear morning, and with hand chastely held over heart, say to themselves:

“Oh. My. God. What was I thinking?” Read the rest of this entry »

Carnaval in San Pedro: Hit me with your best shot

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On the beach at Central Park in San Pedro Town. Let the painting begin!
On the beach at Central Park in San Pedro Town. Let the painting begin!

One of the rules of Carnaval in San Pedro Town, Belize is “Respect the tourists, unless they want to participate.”

And if they do ….

Well, it looks like they are in for some kind of crazy fun.

Just wear some really old clothes. Read the rest of this entry »