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.
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    Elephant-like marimondo are a longtime part of the carnival tradition in Colombia.
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    Isaac de la Loz has been a master carnival mask-maker for a quarter of a century.
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    Family members honor their ancestors before entering the carnival parade.
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    Sr. Alfonso Fontalvo stands beside a statue of "King Momo," whom he portrayed in the 2003 Carnival.
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    A member of the Gold Mohicans group performs during the big carnival parade.
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    Cultural and carnival traditions are sustained all year long the Casa Dultural Danza El Torito.
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    Community members help each other apply carnival makeup.
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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.
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    The "dark side" is playfully represented at the big "Battle of the Flowers" parade during the Barranquilla Carnival.
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    A neighborhood comes to colorful life during a local carnival parade.
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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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