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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Granadero de Tarqui

Every Monday at 11 AM outside the Palacio del Carondelet, Quito the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard takes place. It is a formal event, with the Granaderos de Tarqui, and their beautiful horses parading around the Plaza Grande.  Here is one of the guards and his horse just before the beginning of the event.

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