I've never been to latin america (unless Florida counts). I've never been to Mardi Gras either. But this is the time of the year when the news is filled with pictures of Carnival in Brazil and other great places. And I think it's awesome.
Public displays of non-inhibition are not always pretty but the pictures of the various Carnival celebrations are truly splendiferous. Just a nice reminder that the accepted American narrative of normal and appropriate behavior is clearly deficient.
( Feb 23 2004, 12:03:00 PM PST )