Costumes, Devil Masks, and Congo to the Beating of Drums

The Devil Mask Festival brings together many countries to exhibit their hand-crafted masks decorated in the characteristic red and black colors of devils, in addition to shoes and whips.

The cardboard figure is a silhouette designed with aluminum foil and pasted-on newspaper, set out in the sunlight, then adorned with fabric scraps, feathers, paints and other decorations.

Congos typically dress in rags, wear straw hats, and paint their faces to evade the Devil. They even spoke backwards to confuse their oppressor.

The Conga Pollera consists of a frilly blouse and a very colorful patchwork skirt. For decorative accessories the woman places natural flowers in her hair and wears necklaces made of seashells, beads, and ribbons.

The representation of good and evil is performed in the main square of Portobelo in Colón province. This town gives a majestic tribute to the customs and traditions of the black race, in which the devil is closely related to the Spaniards who oppressed the black slaves in that era.

Many visitors come to enjoy an afternoon of brilliantly colored costumes and to clap along to the drums and whistles, the songs of the Catalans, and the dancing of the characters.