Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Carnival season in full swing




More than just a festival, Carnival is celebrated across the world in the days before Lent, which begins on March 9 and ends on April 23 this year. Though Lent is a period of fasting and prayer, the weeks leading up to it are about merriment, traditions and family. Charlies Rodriguez, an iReporter from Santiago, Dominican Republic, recently visited La Vega, which he says is "one of the most colorful places" in the Dominican Republic during the Carnival season.


Some of the perspectives he was able to capture show the level of creativity and passion that goes into these events.


"Every year I go to the Carnival festival to capture the colors. This year is different because there are more costumes and more towns that are joining," he said. "During the Carnival festival season the whole family gets together to have fun."


Carnival celebrations typically involve street parties and parades. Mardi Gras, held in New Orleans, is the most famous in the United States. The Carnival of Venice was the most famous carnival for a long time and was even referenced in literature such as The Count of Monte Cristo. Today's best known celebration may be the Brazilian Carnival held in Rio de Janeiro.

Are you attending Carnival celebrations? Please send in videos and photographs to share the colors and celebrations you experience!

February 23, 2011
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great pics thanks nancy how can I contact you?

can you send me an e-mail please? thanks amazing Carnival photos

February 24, 2011
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I have never attended a carnival but purchased a carnival mask when I visited Venice last year. Hope to use it while attending a carnival someday.

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