Saturday, May 03, 2008

Carnaval Comes to the City

Stop by St. Mary's church grounds today if you get a chance and see the Carnaval. I sent the information to the newspaper.
Growing up in Mexico, Maria Pellum used to slip out of the house to follow the extravagantly-costumed Papalotla dancers when they came around each year.

She said it was worth getting punished to see the spectacular “carnaval” procession and hear its traditional music.

Now a city resident with her own family, Pellum need only go to the grounds of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church to enjoy “El Gran Carnaval Papalotla Tlaxcala.” It will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, with a grand closing starting at 9 a.m. on May10. The church is located at 516 West Sixth Street, at Liberty Street.

Church administrator Vincent Nunez said the event is secular, not religious, and is meant to bring enjoyment to the many Mexican families who have moved into Plainfield.

According to information from the Museum of International Folk Art, the carnival in the state of Tlaxcala grew out of customs of European colonists observed by indigenous people, who later satirized them with exaggerated costumes and masks. It became the most important festival of the year in Indian villages, according to an online article from the museum. See for details, including photos of typical costumes and even a music sample.
--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though admirable, I speak English. I do not read or speak Spanish and due to the poster being all in Spanish this event is obviously geared to Spanish speaking Plainfield residents only. The city mailings are bilingual, the PMUA mailings are bilingual it would follow suet that any and all events should be bilingual. I drive by stores down town with no English stating what kind of store it is. It seems like self segregation. If Plainfield residents, Spanish and others are going to work together the spoken language of English should be used primarily.

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