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Carnival in Santa CruzDeze pagina in Nederlands
Each town on La Palma celebrates carnival in its own way. Santa Cruz de La Palma is the scene of a strange event which takes place in the carnival period.
It involves a parade, women dressing up in white gowns, men dressing in white suits, and men dressed as women. It also involves huge quantities of talcum powder which everybody throws over everybody else.
Great fun ... but don't ask what effect it has on ears, eyes, nose and lungs!
To counteract the effect of the talcum powder people consume beer and wine.
This a festival for local people and has a very relaxed atmosphere, but be warned, hair or clothes with no talcum powder are an open invitaition to a talc-attack.
Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services It all starts near the harbour with the distribution of talcum powder. Thousands and thousands of large size talcum powder cartons (plastic) are given away free, but you have to go to the lorry to collect them and .....
 
Place: Santa Cruz
Date: 2000
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Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services For every 10 cartons that are given away - at least one is thrown over the public!
 
Place: Santa Cruz
Date: 2000
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Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services Then a few wrecked and decorated cars parade along the dual-carriageway to the start of the old town center. (The main coast road is closed for several hours).
 
Place: Santa Cruz
Date: 2000
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Place: Santa Cruz
Date: 2000
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Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services During the carnival event "Los Indianos" people go into the narrow main street of the old town. Note the clothes. The event has its roots in the return of Palmero emigrants from Cuba, hence the white tropcal hats, suits, dresses and slaves - the latter usually being portrayed by men dressed up and painted black.
 
Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services The slow journey through the narrows streets is accompanied by strolling minstrels, comic one-man-bands and drums.
 
Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services Packed with happy people, there's no hurry and no aggression, just fun.
 
Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services It's a great way for people to meet up with family and friends from all over the island.
 
Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services The event is filmed for the Canary Island television.
 
Place: Santa Cruz
Date: 2000
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Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services The parade carries on throughout the evening and on well into the night.
The talcum powder stays around for weeks!
 
Place: Santa Cruz de La Palma
Date: 2000
Copyright: Brian Smith, BTS Internet Services Talcum powder on the camera lens gives a particulalry Victorian feeling to this small cobble-stoned square off the main street.
We didn't take our best camera - we had been warned!
We did wear white, and got covered in talc, but we gave as good as we got!
 
 
Carnival Los Indianos in Santa Cruz, La Palma, Canary Islands
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