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Behind the Scenes at Barranquilla's Carnival
They are fun and a raucous, but carnivals in Latin America also have a more spiritual, personal side.
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One of the floats at Barranquilla's "Battle of the Flowers" Carnival Parade.

(Paul Ross)

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Elephant-like marimondo are a longtime part of the carnival tradition in Colombia.

(Paul Ross)

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Isaac de la Loz has been a master carnival mask-maker for a quarter of a century.

(Paul Ross)

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Family members honor their ancestors before entering the carnival parade.

(Paul Ross)

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Sr. Alfonso Fontalvo stands beside a statue of "King Momo," whom he portrayed in the 2003 Carnival.

(Paul Ross)

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A member of the Gold Mohicans group performs during the big carnival parade.

(Paul Ross)

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Cultural and carnival traditions are sustained all year long the Casa Dultural Danza El Torito.
(Paul Ross)

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Community members help each other apply carnival makeup.

(Paul Ross)

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One of the floats at Barranquilla's "Battle of the Flowers" Carnival Parade.

(Paul Ross)

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Models and beauty contest winners adorn the floats and wow the crowd.

(Paul Ross)

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The "dark side" is playfully represented at the big "Battle of the Flowers" parade during the Barranquilla Carnival.

(Paul Ross)

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A neighborhood comes to colorful life during a local carnival parade.

(Paul Ross)

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The "dark side" is playfully represented at the big "Battle of the Flowers" parade during the Barranquilla Carnival.

(Paul Ross)

Behind the Scenes at Barranquilla's Carnival

They are fun and a raucous, but carnivals in Latin America also have a more spiritual, personal side.

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