Yesterday, Sunday, was day one. And we saw the first comparsas…I think a uniquely San Pedro event. From what I can tell “comparsa” is a word used to describe a Latin American carnival-like parade of dancing and costumes. Our twist? Men dress like women and women like men. Why? Who knows?…it’s just fun.
I ran into the first group on Front Street yesterday.
Sponsored by the San Pedro AIDs Commission.
Oooh la la!
Day One also means lots of kids out with a mix of paint and water. Day Three brings out the older kids and adults with the paints. The clock tower was covered in huge tarp, smartly. There is no doubt that it would have been covered in multi-colored hand prints.
The tarp was already collecting quite a bit of paint.
The mayoral tombstones were covered as well. Also smart.
Many call this event “a license to vandalize” but the kids that I saw were just having fun. So much fun. I’m a big fan of Carnival in San Pedro. It’s just another unique holiday on this island that makes living here kinda cool.
And just some little boys chewing on chicken bones drying off after a swim in the ocean.
But it’s all fun and games ’til this happens.
If you are here on the island, get out there over the next two days. No one will paint you if you don’t want to get painted. The comparsas performs at about 4pm each afternoon and on Tuesday, it will be a bigger parade. GO SAN PEDRO!