carnaval infantil

Today was the annual Carnaval Infantil or Children’s National Carnival in Santo Domingo–a carnival featuring just children, and 70 comparsas from around the country. What a treat it was to photograph and experience. The kids lit up the Colonial City with color, energy, laughter, and creativity.

And then there was this fierce boy who had everyone screaming and clapping–in the above image–from the “Bulollitas del Gran Santo Domingo” comparsa. He was fearless, dancing with two snakes, at times sliding them along his lips. Squirm. Thank God for telephoto lenses.

I’m still pretty chuffed at this photographed I snapped, despite my squeamishness for snakes.

Stay tuned for the rest of the images from this children’s carnival parade, coming this week.

Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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