Friday, May 29, 2009

Carnaval in La Ceiba

La Ceiba, "the girlfriend of Honduras" has a festival every year called "Carnaval". It's pretty much Honduras' version of Mardi Gras. But after seeing the photos in the newspaper of it last year, I was determined to go this year. I went with Vanessa, her boyfriend Chad, and a few of the guys from my group and we stayed in a hostel pretty close to the action. But there were loads of other volunteers there. I guess 200,000 people come to this festival where there are live concerts on every block, a parade, and all kinds of shopping. During the parade they throw out beads to the crowd. Vanessa and I had a contest on who could get the most. She beat me by one! (She got nine and I got eight.) Here are some photos of the fun!

Vanessa and I getting ready at the hotel href="">
Chad, Charlie, and I

The parade!

More of the fun

People from the balconies were throwing out money and beads

A father and his daughter enjoying the festivities

A float

Even the presidential candidate Pepe Lobo had a float

Late night snack

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