Saturday, May 23, 2009

The La Ceiba Carnival

Carnival is an annual celebration in La Ceiba, Honduras held on the 4th Saturday of May. It is the largest carnival in Central America. The week leading up to the final day is marked with competitions, parades, gambling, pageants and nightly street parties. The week long festival attracts 300,000 visitors to a town that normally has 200,000 residents.

The event is held in honor of Saint Isidore the Laborer, the patron saint of La Ceiba. The celebration starts at least one week before the main event. The final day begins with a big parade through town followed by an all-night party along Avenido San Isidro, La Ceiba’s main thoroughfare.

Take a look at this 2 minute 50 second video to get a flavor of this year’s Carnival:

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