National Geographic : 1924 Dec
646 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE THE QUEEN OF' SAN JUAN'S 1924 CARNIVAL The carnival spirit is marked in Porto Rico, as in all Latin countries. In San Juan during the festive season there is a magnificent parade by day and a series of grand balls at night, presided over by the queen and her ladies-in-waiting. A custom, perhaps left over from the days of the Spanish Inquisition, is the use of squirt-guns attached to glass bottles of ill-smelling cologne. One peculiar form of humor is to send a spray of this fluid into the eyes of the dancer or onlooker, causing temporary distress and retirement.