Holding Down The Fort While All Panama Parties
March 3, 2014, Panama City, Panama: The week of Los Carnavales is the biggest party in Panama, with the biggest crowds in Las Tablas, Chitre, and Penonome.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
We're at half-strength today in our Panama City office...and tomorrow our doors will be closed. (Don't worry...we're preparing tomorrow's dispatch in advance.)
Tomorrow is Carnaval. Today is the day before Carnaval. Saturday and Sunday were the weekend before Carnaval. Friday was the day before the weekend before Carnaval. You get the idea.
Bottom line, most of Panama has been shut down since last Thursday and won't be back at it until Thursday this week or Monday next week.
Carnaval celebrations in Panama may be humbler than their counterparts in Rio, but they're no less important to the local population. Panamanians save all year to be able to escape to the beach or the "interior" (as all Panama beyond Panama City is referred to) for a few days over Carnaval.
"Carnaval in the city is not Carnaval," explained Candice in our office. "For Carnaval you have to travel. My favorite place for Carnaval," Candice continued, "is Las Tablas because of the fancy queens and the floats, but Las Tablas gets very, very crowded, especially on Sunday and Monday.