Mérida: Faces of Carnival 2008

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Mérida pulses with the ear-splitting reverberations of festive carnival music booming out of gigantic speakers lining the parade route for a week of day and night celebrations until ultimately the burning of the carnival effigy that begins the Lent season.

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Tranquility and beauty of another kind can be found on the quiet side streets of Mérida where flowering trees of vibrant colors distinctly mark the seasons. This February day is brightened by pink; the previous month was ablaze in brilliant yellow.

Festivals and tropical flowering trees make the winter season very tolerable here in the “land of take it easy”. Photos by John M. Grimsrud

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