Carnaval Comparsas and Panted People
Last night Dennis and I decided we needed more Eileen time after crashing her table at Estel’s for brunch so we headed to DandE’s for some of that delicious frozen custard. I decided on mint chocolate chip and a hot fudge bulls eye with a sugar cone. He opted for a cup with 2 scoops, chocolate and rum raisin with special gravy.
I brought my camera along as I wanted to get some pictures of the Carnival party and people painting. It was late enough that we were safe from being painted and egged.
Carnaval is definitely an event to put on your Belize celebration bucket list, this annual event happens on the week before Ash Wednesday. It is a colorful, fun time, for some too colorful as the kids honor the tradition of painting each other and the town. For the most part if you don’t want to be painted you’ll be left alone, but it does not hurt to wear old clothes that night just in case.
This year Carnaval 2013 is running for 5 days, last night in addition to painted people, we caught the Carnival Comparsas dancing around town in their colorful costumes raising money for good causes. We were not sure if or what the first group we saw was raising money for, the second set of dancers was the San Pedro Aids Commission and we gave a donation – very worthy cause.