Carnival ’62

Like New Orleans and Brazil and other places with Catholic cultural roots, Cuba has a vibrant Carnival culture.

This black and white film shows what Carnival looked like in February of 1962. The director: Alberto Roldán.

This was shot in is in Havana, but Carnival is celebrated all over Cuba and is especially dynamic in Santiago de Cuba.

Important: Don’t go looking for Carnival in Cuba on Mardi Gras. The dates were moved to July 18–27 to honor the Cuban Revolution.

Here’s what Carnival is like these days in Santiago de Cuba.

– Ken McCarthy
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