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The Dance of the 24 Devils


Participants in the convite de Ciudad Vieja wait until 2 pm in order to get into their motorized chariots. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
Participants in the convite de Ciudad Vieja wait until 2 pm in order to get into their motorized chariots. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite

The Guatemalan town of Ciudad Vieja is usually best-known for being the second capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala during the Colonial Period. However, if you were to ask locals, the first thing that comes to mind is the town fair that takes place in December 7th. The celebration is held to commemorate the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. During the fair, a parade of various characters better known as a convite—yes, that’s where our name comes from—takes place.

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