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Cutting Loose
Photograph by Meredith Davenport

Revelers in costumes both playful and macabre kick off the Christmas season with the Myths and Legends Parade. One young man, dressed as a rebel, throws up his hands pretending to be shot. Whether attending a celebration or a protest, locals tend toward the theatrical, donning outrageous outfits, painting their faces, or walking on stilts. This holiday parade was started in 1974 as part of a civic effort to project a positive image of the city. The initiative, backed by the local tourism industry, is an effort at a public relations makeover for a place whose chronic unrest has made many potential visitors stay away.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 400 pushed one stop
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: Slow shutter


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