A Mask for Every Occasion

Wild Carnival traditions join the parade at the Burke.

By Laura Dannen September 21, 2011 Published in the October 2011 issue of Seattle Met

Photo: Courtesy Shirley and David Rowen / Museum of International Folk Art

WE KNOW IT AS MARDI GRAS, a pre-Lent bacchanalia with multiple days of feasts, parades, and bead tossing. In Venice, Italy (pictured), masqueraders take to the streets for Carnevale. And in Laza, Spain, Entroido revelers—get this—throw ash, flour, and dirt filled with ants at each other. Examine eight colorful Carnival traditions from around the world at the Burke Museum, where its new exhibit showcases giant Brazilian parade puppets made by local artists, a collection of videos and photos, and enough masks to make you second-guess your Halloween costume.

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