National Geographic : 2009 Mar
PHOTO JOURNAL | SCOTT DALTON Katherine Maestre (right), 16, joins class- mates in Aracataca--- birthplace of Gabriel García Márquez---at a high school graduation party. In 2006 the town considered a measure to change its name to Aracataca-Macondo, after the fictional setting of One Hundred Years of Solitude. The referen- dum did not pass. Crowned as Reina Popular Gay of the Barranquilla Carnival, Carlos Ortiz (above, at center) rests after the annual parade with his royal court: brother Steven Ortiz (at left) and Hans Caballero. The celebration in Barranquilla, held in February or March, is one of the biggest carnivals in South America.