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Volume 17, Number 3
March 9, 2011

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Also in this section:
Scenes from this year's Carnival
Rival congresses, dual power in the Ngabe-Bugle Comarca
Burning garbage not the only complaint at the former Nikki Beach
Gómez and Chato deportations dog Panama's reputation
INMET says it has lots of options as share prices plunge after Law 8 repeal
WikiLeaks: Hillary coordinating gun control strategy for our region
WikiLeaks: Suspected drug racketeers were US "War on Drugs," Afghanistan contractors
Ministry of Social Development email used for "Nigeria letter" scam
US State Department drug policy report on Panama's money laundering scene
Mining law repealed
A wild weekend of rebellion and repression
Scenes from the anti-mining protests


Many things that used to be in a Panama News Briefs feature of the website have now migrated to our constantly updated Facebook page


Samy the Sardine. He was a credit to his species. Photo by NOAA

Although there were the usual mishaps, the party went on with few hitches
Carnival scenes
photos and videos by various folks

He was a perfectly well mannered fish, an outstanding fish, a credit to his school. It didn't save Samy the Sardine. Panamanians don't study enough, place too much emphasis on partying, and can't stand Samy's freedom. So they plucked him out of the sea and buried him at the end of prolonged bacchanalian orgy. It didn't matter that Samy represented the very essence of sardine excellence.

Thus ended Panama's 2011 Carnival festivities. As this story was written they hadn't yet reported a traffic accident toll that included the Ash Wednesday morning drive back from the Interior, but the numbers of those whose Carnival was ruined by car crashes, drownings, shootings, stabbings and inebriated falls from high places were in more or less normal ranges, as was the volume of the trash collected after the party. It seems that the smaller, quieter, more neighborly and less expensive celebrations gained at the expense of the wild extravaganzas this year, but that's mainly an anecdotal observation made from a largely abandoned Panama City and a comparatively quiet San Carlos, and from exchanges of notes with friends.

At the last minute the government poured $2 million into advertising and opaque contracts for its Cinta Costera party, while the rival People's Private Carnival had its limited means and turned into one of the smaller, more neighborhood-oriented events for people on the northern and eastern parts of the metro area.


Dancing at ATLAPA. Photo by Ramona Rhoades


Diablos rampage in Bocas


A casualty on the Cinta Costera. Photo by Kermit Nourse


Carnival traffic to the Interior, heading past San Carlos
Photo by Eric Jackson



Sunday in Las Tablas


Assembling a float. Photo by Ramona Rhoades


Crowning Tiffany I, the People's Private Carnival queen
Photo by the Carnaval Privado del Pueblo


The party in Chepo, east of the Panama City metro area



Sunday splash in a small town culeco. Photo by Eric Jackson


Some eschewed the parties and the crowded beaches, and camped out at La Laguna.
Photo by Gonzalo Menéndez


The festivities in Chitre


Your friendly neighborhood diablito.
Photo by Paul Kimmel


The official City Carnival. Photo by Kermit Nourse


Monday in Panama Oeste


Pounding out those tipico rhythms. Photo by Ramona Rhoades


The environmentalists' Comparsa Ñagare


Meanwhile, in Juan Diaz.... Photo by the Carnaval Privado del Pueblo

The king....


The long drive back from the Interior. Photo by Eric Jackson






Also in this section:
Scenes from this year's Carnival
Rival congresses, dual power in the Ngabe-Bugle Comarca
Burning garbage not the only complaint at the former Nikki Beach
Gómez and Chato deportations dog Panama's reputation
INMET says it has lots of options as share prices plunge after Law 8 repeal
WikiLeaks: Hillary coordinating gun control strategy for our region
WikiLeaks: Suspected drug racketeers were US "War on Drugs," Afghanistan contractors
Ministry of Social Development email used for "Nigeria letter" scam
US State Department drug policy report on Panama's money laundering scene
Mining law repealed
A wild weekend of rebellion and repression
Scenes from the anti-mining protests



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