Carnaval takes its last breath

Carnaval takes its last breath

26-Febrero-2020, Miércoles. Cozumel

There is not a description that can bring you close to the reality of Carnaval. There are experiences that have to be lived firsthand in order to feel the collective enthusiasm and become infected with good vibes.

Carnaval takes its last breath 💃 🕺 Tonight was the final Carnaval event, the Award Ceremony and Traditional Burning of Juan Carnaval.

Setting the stage

I have come to realize that a scheduled event always starts 1 hour later than publicized. I of course arrived for the scheduled time. The ‘Toot Toot’ song played 4 times before the event started.

A lot of money was awarded in a plethora of categories. Here’s just a few of them.

concurso de alegóricos – allegorical contest

Allegory (I had to look this definition up)
An allegory is a work of art, such as a story or painting, in which the characters, images, and/or events act as symbols. The symbolism in an allegory can be interpreted to have a deeper meaning. … An allegory, meanwhile, uses a particular metaphor throughout an entire plot.

concurso de comparsas – comparsas contest

Comparsas (I had to look this definition up too)
Group of people parading together at a popular party in disguise, often in costumes of the same type.

concurso de disfraces categoría de mascota – costume contest pet category
Dale’s favorite ‘Eco-Pops’ (the outhouse guys) won the ‘Funny’ award.

Sarah’s favorite float, the T-Rex, won the ‘Fantasy’ award.

Trophies were awarded too.

Part of Carnaval is centered around a Mestizo character named “Juan Carnaval”. Legend has it that Juan Carnaval had sex with over a thousand women from eight countries, with whom he had countless children. He was stabbed to death by his jealous wife.

Juan Carnaval

Juan Carnaval’s comical will and testament is read on Ash Wednesday where he leaves his inheritance and recommendations to politicians and personalities of the community.

Will and testament read by the Rey del Carnival (King).

A stuffed effigy of Juan Carnaval is burned every year for the cleansing of the carnavals’ and community’s sins. Gone are all the bad vibs!

It started to rain so it was hard keep the Juan Carnaval buring. One fireman was squirting lighter fluid on on the fire from a can. I think my dad told me never to do that.

And so it ends. Carnaval takes its last breath.

Buenas noches

Ladies Salsa Dancer Trophy

Hechos Graciosos (Fun facts)

Carnaval 2021 will be February 10-17. Start planning now!

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