Dancing at Carnival in Mexico

a black carnival mask that shows the concept of this blog post on Mexican carnival.
I was returning from a long hike when I came across the festivity. Clouds of flour were everywhere, covering the entire town in a manmade snowfall...

You’ve probably heard of Mardi Gras in the U.S. (most known in New Orleans) or Pancake Tuesday in the U.K. In Mexico, the celebration is rooted in the Catholic religion, with festivities throughout the country. In the little town where I live, the locals call it Martes de Carnaval.

Young men dressed in yellow jerseys on a float in carnival
Flour Throwers by Ivy Ge

Every year locals don masks and traditional costumes to dance and celebrate Carnaval with a grand parade featuring floats, dance troupes, dancing horses, and live music.

Locals dress up in fancy clothes standing on a float at the carnival
A Float by Ivy Ge

According to a local website, the sayacas are masked men often dressed as women (with exaggerated body attributes) that dance through the town streets, armed with bagful of flour to throw at people watching the parade.

The sayacas, men dressed as women throw flour at people at the carnival.
From ajijicpueblomagico.mx

I was returning from a long hike when I came across the festivity. Clouds of flour were everywhere, covering the entire town in a manmade snowfall. Believe me, the joyous spirit was infectious!

A masked man invited me to dance with him. After my recent misadventures in Mexico, I was ready to shake them off. All caught on camera!

 

¡Viva Carnaval!

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Dr. Ivy Ge

Dr. Ivy Ge

Doctor of Pharmacy, author of The Art of Good Enough. She writes to inspire women to design their own fate. Her writings and interviews have been featured on MSNBC, Thrive Global, Working Mother magazine, Parentology, and The Times of India.

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