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Two Riders Dressed in Shades on a Honda Scooter - Fort Kochi Carnival !!

Two riders with puckered lips and deadly shades and exotic ear and headwear astride a Honda scooter at the capital of cross dressers - Fort Kochi, India

 

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Cochin hosts a carnival every year in the last week of December and it runs with the New year.

While the hangovers dry out on the 1st of January from the excesses of the night before and the bonhomie of the New year’s wishes are at its pleasant highs, the Carnival starts off around 4 o clock in the evening in the Fort Kochi area.

The carnival has its roots in the 1500-1600 era when the Portuguese colonialists were the rulers of the pepper and spice trade running out of India. Cochin was their head quarters and as is to be believed, the New Year parties of the Portuguese were all night affairs and an event to show case their wealth and style.

The Dutch took over Cochin in mid 1600 and they and many others who came after them were mere enactments of history. But what the Portuguese began as a New year party has come to stay and has now turned into a gala carnival quaint and sweet in its Indian setting.

The carnival is not on the grand scale of the Rio spectacle but smaller and has a heady mix of the New Year festivities with the old and the conventional themes and culture of India.

After having seen the Carnival in Goa, I can say that the Fort Kochi spectacle is way ahead in terms of organisation and participation and is far more fun and interesting as well.

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Taken on January 1, 2008