Carnival: a street spectacle

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Carnival: a street spectacle

Carnival is an institution in Panama: considered the most festive event of the year, it is celebrated throughout the country.

The streets are full of joy and energy, especially during carnival in the capital city, and in Los Santos, Ocu, Chitré, Aguadulce and Penonomé, the latter with its aquatic parade of boats on the river. But the most famous of them all is the Las Tablas carnival: high street and low street compete with their thrones, floats, costumes, dresses, etc.

Towns and villages all follow the same curriculum. On Friday evening, the queen is crowned. Saturday morning begins with the mojaderas during which everyone is drenched by the spray from the fire trucks. Then, in the evening, the queen appears in costume and balls are organised with tunas (orchestras). On Sunday, the Queen's coronation parade takes place, while on Monday, a gala evening awaits. On the night of Mardi Gras, the festival ends in style with… The Burial of the Sardine.

From 24 to 28 February 2017