We have just finished Carnaval (Carnival in English, Mardi Gras in French).  Big parades with floats pop up all over the nation, but the celebration in Las Tablas, a provincial city, is the most famous.  Neighborhoods sponsor candidates for "Queen" and build the floats.  The video below is just a tiny portion of the celebration, but about the right length for a video here.

It's colorful, its noisy, it's crazy, but above all, it's fun!  They don't pretend to be Rio and don't care about that.  It is just real people having a huge party before the Lenten season begins.  It's a tradition gong back many decades and every bit as popular today as ever.  Maybe you will see it one day for yourself!