Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mardi Gras (a week early)

We're not sure why Barra celebrates Carnaval a week earlier than almost everywhere else. Be that as it may, we sure enjoyed the Mardi Gras parade! Here's a selection of photos and video clips that will hopefully convey some of the fun.

Of course, there was a Queen:

But this is a town that plans ahead. They even elect a "Baby Queen":

The gringos even got to elect their own King and Queen (Vicki is on the right, asking the King how he was chosen):

And this being Mardi Gras, the other variety of "queen" was on display as well:

If you can't be a queen, you can always be a princess:

Like all good parades, this one had horses:

And cows:

The cows seemed a bit dismayed to be followed so closely by the butcher:

Some of the participants brought a distinctly Caribbean flavor to the event:

But overall it was a family affair:

Here are a few video clips to give you a feel for the event:

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