Celebrated during the four consecutive days prior to Ash Wednesday, Carnival in Panama is considered the official party of Panamanians. In several towns of Panama’s interior, such as Las Tablas, Chitré and Penonomé, Carnival Queens represent opposing hoods, such as Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo, as they parade in extravagant floats alongside ‘tunas’ with a different theme each night. During the day, people enjoy the famous ‘culecos’ in the public plazas, where they are soaked by water tankers as they dance and drink to popular music. This festivity ends around 5am on Ash Wednesday with the ‘topón’ or ‘entierro de la sardina’, where each hood competes to see who can burn the most fireworks. By many, Las Tablas is considered the best place to celebrate Carnival as it is animated by the traditional rivalry between “Calle Arriba” and “Calle Abajo” who compete for the best costumes and most original floats.