Torovenado hits streets of Masaya

Religous leaders get mocked too (photo/ Tim Rogers)

Masaya  on Sunday celebrated its second “Torovenado,” a folkloric carnival where the people dress in costumes to mock local politicians, public figures and everyone else. Other figures from Masaya’s folklore also make an appearance, such as the Los Aguizotes—people dressed as devils and other characters from popular legends.

The carnival goers—many of whom are dressed in homemade costumes—dance down the streets of Masaya to the sound of chicheros music.

The carnival is part of the city’s annual patron saint celebration dedicated to San Jeronimo, which lasts for three months (September through November), making it the longest patron saint festivals in Latin America.

The torovenado parade, which starts in the indigenous neighborhood Monimbó, is a celebration of Masaya’s indigenous cultural heritage.

An indigenous man from Monimbó poses with a dead snake (photo/ Tim Rogers)

A man dressed as a market vendor offers a nasty-looking moronga taco (photo/ Tim Rogers)

Children carry San Jeronimo through streets of Masaya (photo/ Tim Rogers)

a drunk guy ruins my photo (photo/ Tim Rogers)