|Held the week before lent begins, San Pedro town on Ambergris Caye continues to keep the Carnival home fires burning, upping the ante on the fun and celebrations. It’s hard to get to the bottom of what it’s really all about, but most locals tell you it’s just about dancing, chucking paint at each other and partying.
More historical sources point to the Latin pagan custom, carrus navalis (ship of fools) and the day of unbridled merrymaking, so named in honor of Bacchus (Roman god of wine), marked on Shrove Tuesday (also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras), the eve of Ash Wednesday and marking the beginning of the forty days of Lent with restrictions on eating, drinking and sexual relations…
It takes place over several days, which are full of laughter, color and a lot of fun. The Comparsas are made up of groups in vibrant costumes all with a theme and a song. Every year our favorite “Los Barbies”, the burly fishermen of San Pedro, are out in force, who seem to particularly enjoy sporting their dresses and make up while parading the streets.
This year’s themes included the World Cup, tributes to El Chapo Guzman, the Lost Indians, plus a beauty pageant for older ladies, marking their beauty in older years.
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