Carnaval is Mardi Gras. Taquileños who are working in Tacna, or Lima, or anywhere in between, come home to dance, to be with their families, to support family members who are leaders of the groups. Nine different group leaders are authorities of the celebration, leading dancers and musicians from house to house.
|Silvano, Sam, Tara|
|Colorful, with paper streamers, all set for the big day on Wednesday.|
|Sam and Tara in the Plaza on (Ash) Wednesday|
|Twirling yarn "wiichi-wiichis" as we dance|
|Three (or four?) groups converge|
|Sam is invited to sit next to the group leader, an honor|
|large group, rock climbing|