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water-filled trucks which shoot streams of water out at the dancing and sweating hordes of people. We were ready to leave after a few hours and left as the sun was setting.
Don't think that avoiding the trucks will keep you nice and dry, though; we saw a number of people carrying loaded water guns. Tip: If you are there on Carnival's final night, you will be treated to a very nice fireworks display after dark.
To avoid the press of people at the end, leave early and find a bar, hotel or restaurant that offers a nice view of the water.
You'll be able to sit and enjoy the fireworks in relative peace and quiet.
They will be within easy walking distance of all the action.
Carnaval is a mega-holiday throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and it's even celebrated in Europe.but when we tried to get more details about going they would follow that up with phrases like “but it's so big,” “it's only for Panamanians who are used to that sort of thing,” or “but you need to be careful.” Between the crowds, potential pickpockets, heavy drinking, 4- to 5-hour drive and not having already made our hotel reservations months ahead of time, we finally ruled out that idea and decided to just stay in town.Not being heavy drinkers, we decided to go early while the crowds were thinner and more self-controlled. Every year in Panama City the police set up traffic blockades along Avenida Balboa, the large, 4-lane road that runs along the waterfront, and set up a tall perimeter fence around the festival area.In 2004 Rubin was a Knight Fellow in International Journalism assigned to Panama.Colombian-born video journalist Paula Botero today splits her time between Panama and Miami.
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