Carnival in Venezuela

A selection of images from the carnival celebrations in Caracas and the anti-bull fighting demonstrations in the Andean state of Merida.

By Rachael Boothroyd and Merida sin Corridas

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"Sons and daughters of Venezuela mission" (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)
"Sons and daughters of Venezuela mission" (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

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Celebrating indigenous identities (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)
Celebrating indigenous identities (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

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(Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)
(Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

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Traditional Venezuelan tambor music and dancing (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)
Traditional Venezuelan tambor music and dancing (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

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Posing for the camera (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)
Posing for the camera (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

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A float commemorating the attempted coup against the government of Carlos Andres Perez on the 4th of February 1992, led by now president Hugo Chavez (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)
A float commemorating the attempted coup against the government of Carlos Andres Perez on the 4th of February 1992, led by now president Hugo Chavez (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

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The government put on a free concert for people in the evening (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)
The government put on a free concert for people in the evening (Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

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Demonstrations against the bullfighting usually held in Merida during carnival - "For our own culture, free of bull runs and violence" (Merida sin Corridas)
Demonstrations against the bullfighting usually held in Merida during carnival - "For our own culture, free of bull runs and violence" (Merida sin Corridas)

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"Tradition does not excuse cruelty" (Merida sin Corridas)
"Tradition does not excuse cruelty" (Merida sin Corridas)

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"No to the mistreatment of animals" (Merida sin Corridas)
"No to the mistreatment of animals" (Merida sin Corridas)

Carnival began last Wednesday in Venezuela and ends today. Held 40 days before Easter, it is based on a mostly Catholic tradition where people held a large feast to dispose of rich food and drink before lent. Spain brought the tradition to Venezuela and other countries in the region when it invaded Latin America. For Venezuelans it has become a time to be with families and to have fun, with parades and other cultural activities that are held across the country.

In this images section, Venezuelanalysis brings you a selection of photos from the celebrations in Caracas and the demonstrations against bullfighting in Merida, where the activity is traditionally held during carnival.

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