We went to Dolega yesterday afternoon unfortunately just after the music and dancing ended, and before the nighttime festivities. But, at least we got a bit of a look at what was going on there.
Dolega is just a small town up the road from David. I’m sure the celebrations were nothing like Panama City or the famous Las Tablas where people go by the thousands, and planning goes on all year for the event. But, we at least got a taste of Carnival.
We’ll have to go back again next year. I’d be interested to see the music and dancing, and the water cannons in action. This year we mainly saw a lot of vendors, a lot of very wet people, a few tipsy people, and very happy people with friends and family. There were also groups of people supporting various political candidates dressed in their matching t-shirts. There was a lot of security but I didn’t see anyone having or causing any problems. It was fun to see tipsy people hanging out of bus windows though, waving and shouting at people in the street.
There was a police checkpoint on the highway south of Dolega (we got waved through both ways). When we left I noticed they had some people pulled over on the side of the road. If you want to enjoy lots of cerveza (beer) at Carnival it’s probably a very bad idea to drive.
If you want to know more about Carnival, google should bring up a lot of information. Brazil has the biggest celebrations but Panama is right behind them. Not bad for a small country, eh?