February 09, 2016 by Live And Invest Overseas
Seco, Salsa, Skyrockets, And Scantily Clad Women—Carnaval In Panama
It’s that time of the year again in Panama…
Love it or hate it, carnaval—the nearly weeklong party that brings working Panama to a standstill and fills the streets of nearly every town and city with throngs of drunken, dancing revelers—is upon us yet again, climaxing as you read this.
Panama’s carnaval epicenter in Las Tablas
Photo by carnavalstudios.com
Beginning last Friday evening and carrying on through Ash Wednesday tomorrow, Panama celebrates what is locally known as los carnavales (we gringos know it better as Mardi Gras).
While the revelry officially lasts only four days, pretty much everyone in the country is on vacation this entire week. Since last Friday, they’ve all been all out, all day and all night, an entire country on Spring Break. As I mentioned, the blowout reaches its climax today and tonight. Starting tomorrow, the focus is on recovery.
The festivities are not unlike those in other parts of the world where Catholic-rooted traditions have taken hold. There are the requisite parades, fireworks, concerts, queen pageants, and scantily clad women, but Panama’s celebrations have some unique facets.
Priority among them is the roll-out of the so-called culecos, huge tractor trailers carrying cisterns full of water and kitted out with fire hoses and men who know how to use them. At regular intervals, these men take aim at anything moving nearby (which is nearly everything) and thoroughly drench the thronging crowds.
In addition to the torrents of the culecos, be on the lookout for young men drifting through the crowds with buckets of water, squirt guns, and water balloons dousing anyone and
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