Each year in the capital of Nicaragua, a celebration takes place called the Santo Domingo de Guzman festival.
It honors the man believed to be the patron saint of Managua, Santo Domingo, also known as “Minguito.”
Thousands of people take part in the ten-day celebration which features colorful costumes, painted faces, and parades. There is also much music and dancing and finally fireworks.
According to legend, Santo Domingo protected the slaves of Managua centuries ago. Since then several sightings of his image have been reported by civilians.
Take a look at some images of this big bash for Santo Domingo and some of his die-hard devotees.