Careto Mask from the Bragança district of Portugal. The tradition of bachelors dressing up in these masks and costumes during Carnaval, dates back to Pre-Roman times. The young men are known to chase ladies and invade kitchens and cellars to steal food and wine. // Official Careto website: http://caretosdepodence.no.sapo.pt/index.html
The Carnaval de Ponce (Ponce Carnival), is an annual celebration held in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The celebration lasts one week and it ends on the day before Ash Wednesday. It is one of the oldest carnivals of the Western Hemisphere, dating back to 1858. The Ponce Carnaval can be traced to as far back as 250 years ago.The Carnaval coincides with the Mardi Gras of New Orleans, the Carnival of Venice, and Rio de Janeiro's Carnival. The estimated attendance is 100,000. =)~
You’ll find carnaval parades all over Portugal, with Lisbon and the towns of the Algarve having particularly spectacular celebrations. While it may seem to be all Rio-style feathers, spandex and sequins, carnaval dates back centuries to when people held huge feasts to eat up all the meat (carne is the Portuguese word for meat), which was forbidden during Lent. Traditionally carnaval begins on the last Friday before Lent and ends on Shrove Tuesday.