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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 the Corso, but all keep moving in file, and none but those in costumes or masks are allowed in the processions, that is, they must provide themselves with the necessary implements or get out of the road-

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Any one is allowed there on foot, but, good clothes and new hats must beware.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The carnival begins at two oclock by the firing of cannon on the hills skirting the city, five or six shots at regular intervals. The first shot to the extreme left scarcely audible and ending at our right, then the revellers [sic] have full sway.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The street soon fills with the populace, common people, (as no work can be expected these days) watching for the fun. A mounted police force of about thirty, with showy uniforms and large fine Horses gallop down the Corso to clear away the non-participating carriages, and distribute themselves at crossings- Then a batallion [sic] of finely uniformed soldiers with good music marches through- These fill up the time while the people are gathering.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Within an hour a half dozen or more carriages have made their appearance, each filled with masked people, generally dressed in white- throwing a bouquet into one balcony, a handfull of “confetti” (comfits) into another and so on, usually getting a blast in return- Not until about four oclock does the show reach its highth, for then the royal family have entered their balcony and the participants feel that they can throw with a will, that will be appreciated. The articles thrown are chiefly Confetti bouquets and bon-bons.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 The former are white, about the size of large peas, made of dirt covered with lime and of course

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