Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's El Carnaval !!

Carnaval has arrived in Cuenca. People here love to celebrate and party, and there's no better time than Carnaval for celebrating.  Carnaval is all about having a major blast, along with lots and lots of food (especially those made with meat), before Lent begins. 

It started in earnest on Thursday night for the night of the Comadres and Compadres. To liven things up, people throw water on each other if they can using water balloons, water pistols, buckets of water -- and unfortunately some sadistic people actually freeze water balloons which can cause great injury. Most just have fun with it and are not trying to hurt anyone. Even more fun though are the cans of spray foam. Needless to say, we joined in the fun, at least with the foam.

Our friend, Julie, in a spray of foam.

Our darling Spanish teacher, Sonia, after a surprise foaming.

Sonia and her husband, Danilo, enjoying the festivities.

Friends, Jan and Lynn at Comadres & Compadres.

Jan with Sonia's Mom.

Deborah all foamed up (Julie took this picture.)

Our attacker. You can see that we gave as good as we got!

And of course, no celebration at night in Cuenca would be complete without fireworks.

The next day, was the Carnaval parade. Notice how the parade participants are both getting sprayed with foam, and spraying it back at the crowd for all it's worth.


And on and on it went.  We've had a wonderful time with Carnaval.

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