The adults do most of their celebrating by performing comparsas, where various upstanding members of the community dress in extravagant costumes, roaming through town performing self-written skits that include song and dance. These are a real treat, and we have seen everything from men dressed in drag, to adults dressed as babies, wearing nothing but diapers and huge pacifers, to last night's wedding party comparsa.
The children spend the night with their friends on the beach, painting each other with all colors of paint, and adorning their best buddies with rotten eggs. Last night was no exception!
Before the festivities began, we took a trip down to the "clubhouse" to watch the kids getting ready to go into town...
This little beauty has no idea this is a horseshoe pit...it is her personal sandbox
On our way down Front Street, we were bombarded by what appeared to be a riot, but was actually two groups of kids attacking one another.
Businesses in the "paint zone" drape tarps to save their walls
A couple of fine specimens
Planning their attacks
Little ghost boy getting in on the fun
Making the scary trip from street to beach
These kids are plotting
Sometimes you need to "rinse" off
Egg in hand, she hides behind the tree
Armed with paint, these two plan their next move
Walking closer to the action
I see scheming going on here
A tourist inspects her paint job
They love the picture of themselves!!
Faith has just a little paint here...
Even the dog got painted
Heads full of baby oil and bandanas
They were gentle for her first layer
Going back for more
The wedding comparsas
All cleaned up....well, sort of
More wedding comparsa
These painted adults watch from the safety of their cart
This is a super fun holiday in San Pedro, and if you tell the kids you don't want to be painted, they won't paint you. Or, you may have to give them the hairy eyeball, or the Scary Mom look.......but it's soooo much fun to watch!!!