FC: Gran Carnival de la Amistad Grand Carnival of Friendship by Venus Viglini
1: Gran Carnival de la Amistad Grand Carnival of Friendship A festival from Honduras by Venus Viglini
3: Most towns in Honduras have an annual festival celebrating a patron saint. In Honduras festivals are large events, with parades, public performances, religious ceremonies, and large parties. Traditional holidays in Honduras provide great glimpses into the local culture and people.
5: The largest of all Honduras festivals is the La Ceiba carnival. Known as la Feria de San Isidro or the Fair of Saint Isidore, the laborer. It is also called the Grand Carnival of Friendship. About a quarter of a million people from all over Honduras and elsewhere in Central America flock to La Ceiba the second week in May, tripling the town's population.
7: Candidates compete yearly for the honor of Queen of the Fair Isidro and Grand Carnival of La Ceiba. They are beautiful young ladies aged 15 through 22 years, with a variety of education. The competitors are female students, women beginning their careers, at universities, and interns at local colleges. The festivities start with the crowning of the queen, 2 weeks before the parade. After the crowning a small procession with many of the local high schools takes place.
9: After the Queen of the Fair has been chosen a small procession with many of the local high schools takes place
10: Enjoying refreshments at the carnavalito. | Musicians preparing for the evenings festivities.
11: The week before the Grand Parade, from Monday to Friday, many neighborhoods and plazas have their carnavalito. Each neighborhood has a night for their carnavalito. This is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
12: The parade route.
13: The Saturday after the carnalvitos, the Grand Parade starts usually in the south end of Avenida San Isidro and runs along the entire road and ends at the beach.
15: Colorful dancers and floats.
17: After the parade, thousands of people remain on the street where many people sell food and souvenirs, and dance all night. This is how people in La Ceiba, Honduras celebrate their patron saint of labor and spend the time having fun at their Gran Carnaval.
19: I lived in La Ceiba for a year and had the opportunity to experience carnaval first hand.I hope you enjoyed learning about the Gran Carnival de la Amistad. It really is a wonderful way to make new friends from all over the world.
20: Bibliography http://laceiba.honduras.com/la-ceiba-carnival/ http://www.holaceibita.com/hola_ceibita_english/Carnaval/carnival.htm http://lagringasblogicito.blogspot.com/2008/04/la-ceiba-carnaval-is-coming-in-may.html http://www.destination360.com/central-america/honduras/events