Mama Negra 2018 – Latacunga – Ecuador

This has to be one of the craziest, fun, colourful and wonderful festivities of the country. The Mama Negra, also known as the Santisima Tragedia de la Mama Negra. there are men dressed as women.

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Men, dressed as women

Men, called Ashangueros, carrying huge pigs with licor, bread, chicken, and other food. These are a weight of 200 kgs.

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Ashanguero

Camisonas, the often carry a bag full of sweets to share with the crowd.

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Camisonas

There is a lot of dancing, puro and joy.

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El Angel de la Estrella
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Happiness and joy all around
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Tremendous amount of bands

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EL Rey Moro

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Fireworks in the Highlands of Ecuador

Fireworks, Cruz Loma Village, Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador, shot during the local festivites.

All villages here have their festivities, mostly with fireworks, food, dancing, village bulls and loads of fun. They sometimes last a few days sometimes just the one, it all depends on the village. But they are all fun and there is loads of local participation. This is a photo of fireworks, taken from fairly close by, tripod and f/5.6,  1/2.5  shutter speed,

There is a man in the middle of all the sparks.

They build large structures called castles, this one having six levels, and on each is an array of fireworks. This particular design also rotated.