African-Mexican carnival of Coyolillo


The Guardian shared a stunning array of photos by Héctor Adolfo Quintanar Pérez, whose work features the carnival of Coyolillo, Veracruz (in the Gulf of Mexico)—an example of Afro-Caribbean-Mexican syncretism. See The Guardian for the full photo-gallery.

The carnival in Coyolillo, a town in the coastal state of Veracruz in Mexico, dates back more than 100 years. This non-religious festival includes parades, dances, music and feasting and is the heritage of sugar cane workers and slaves of African origin freed from farms. The event is known for the colourful robes, capes and animal masks – of bulls, deer, goats and cows – worn by participants. As such, the carnival is a unique expression of African-Mexican folk art.

[Photo above: Detail of a photo by Héctor Adolfo Quintanar Pérez /Zuma/Rex.]


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