Every February, the Puerto Rican town of Ponce celebrates Carnaval in its own unique style. Costumes, dancing and music play an important role in the festivities, but it's the masks that set this Carnaval apart from others in the area. Made out of papier-mâché by local artisans, the masks represent the key players in a symbolic battle between the Christians, portrayed by the vejigantes (the horned characters) and the Moors, portrayed by the caballeros (the knights). The other characters, the viejos (old) and the locas (crazy) represent the evil of the Moors.
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Ponce, located on the southern coast of Puerto Rico has more historic buildings and plazas than the capital of Old San Juan. With over 1000 buildings, the architecture is mainly 19th-century criollo, which is a blend of rococo and neoclassical. Similar to New Orleans and Mardi Gras, the Carnival in February looks very much like the Big Easy. Parades and masked revelers fill the streets. With lots of local color, cafes and live salsa on the weekends, Ponce is great place to visit for those that want to capture a snapshot of the day-to-day life in an urban center outside of San Juan. Call the Tourism Office for more information.