Day 63: Carnival vs Carnaval

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During the rule of the dictator General Franco in Spain, the traditional end of Winter celebration called Carnaval was prohibited in all but one small village. Since the oppression ended thirty-ish years ago, these celebrations have come to represent something more than the Carnaval of antiquity and the energy level is intense. The magic lasts for more than a week and is best described as some kind of Independence Day-Halloween-Mardi Gras combination. Every town has some kind of celebration but the smallest pueblos are known for their all-out dedication to the festival.

These are photos from the parade in the village called Navalmoral de la Mata in Extremadura. Together they captured the energy of love, joy, and camaraderie that was in the air.

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