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A Carnival Queen with luxurious attire in allegorical carts, accompanied by "comparsas" and "tunas".

 

 

 

 

 

The spontaneous manifestations of the Panamanians and the beauty and garb of the Panamanian woman are outstanding.




 

 

 

 

Its well earned prestige is based upon the luxury of its costumes and allegorical carts that exhibit the Queens,

 

 

 

The event comes to a climax when the Queens parade with their beautiful costumes saluting participants while the songs and the traditional typical music of the tunas play along.

 

 

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CARNIVAL IN PANAMA

For all Panamanians, Carnival is the most awaited annual event, their popularity is comparable in Latin America with the famous Brazilian carnival, both in popular participation, fun, as well as in their splendorous costumes and popular folkloric allegories. The whole country, a multitude of people from all races and social backgrounds, take to the streets for four days and five nights, for the sole purpose of having fun.

In the mornings, the "mojaderas" (water is sprinkled on carnival participants in the streets) refresh the tropical heat; in the afternoons the parades with extravagant "Queens" with luxurious attire in allegorical carts, accompanied by "comparsas" and "tunas" (cheerful groups of musicians and dancers) delight young and old alike. At nights there are dances in popular public sites and streets that complete a full day of festivities. The time for rest is rather short since as soon as the sun appears the celebration begins once more. Come and see for yourself, live your own Panamanian carnival experience. Contact your tour guide or travel agency and plan your fun and relaxation trip to your liking.

This year Carnival 2002 begins on Friday night, February 8th, with a regal celebration program that consists in the crowning of the "Queens" in Panama, Penonomé, Chitré, Las Tablas, Capira, Chepo, Penonomé, and Dolega. All these populations that are located in the interior of the country are open scenarios full of fun and games, where the spontaneous manifestations of the Panamanians and the beauty and garb of the Panamanian woman are outstanding.

The Carnival of the City of Las Tablas, in the Province of Los Santos, 282 kilometers and 4 hours away from Panama City, has become the most famous in the country and a true spectacle of beauty and extravaganza of national and international fame. Its well earned prestige is based upon the luxury of its costumes and allegorical carts that exhibit the Queens, the main attraction of the celebration and the symbol of the "tunas" of Up Town and Down Town Main street, that compete in providing the best and wealthiest fantasy of color and cheerfulness to those who participate in this carnival experience.

In LasTablas, thousands of people are congregated in a small plaza to enjoy the exciting festive activities known as the "culecos" that are in essence popular outdoor dances where participants are sprinkled constantly by clean water pumped from cistern trucks. There are moments when the event comes to a climax when the Queens parade with their beautiful costumes saluting participants while the songs and the traditional typical music of the tunas play along. The luxury and the splendor of the Las Tablas Carnival envelope the nights while the traditional rivalries among the Up Town and Down Town Main Street "tunas", (each routing for its Queen), sing folkloric tunes and dance around in impressive and majestic allegorical carts designed for each of the 4 holidays. The celebration in Las Tablas doesn’t have any limits, you must come prepared to enjoy an endless number of festive activities.

The Cities of Panama and the interior of the country provide all tourist services such as lodging, food and communications, that allow you to enjoy in a secure atmosphere, one of most popular celebrations of the American Continent. We invite you to personally live the experience. Come and enjoy what Panama has to offer.

 

 

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