It is carnival (“carnavales”) time in Panama. Carnival is celebrated the 4 days prior to Ash Wednesday. For most of Panama, it is a family holiday.
However, for about 12 towns in Panama, Carnival is a full-throttle celebration with parades, floats, queens, music, dancing, and costumes.
Carnival festivities include both traditional Spanish and Panamanian features.
Take a look at these fascinating found snapshots from Richard to see the carnival in Panama City on March 5, 1946.